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Addictions Counselor

Hybrid Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Time-Based Skills

3 skill sets | 25 total skills
Domain I: Screening, Assessment, and Engagement - 600 req. hrs
Demonstrate verbal and non-verbal communication to establish rapport and promote engagement
Discuss with the client the rationale, purpose, and procedures associated with the screening and assessment process to facilitate client understanding and cooperation
Assess client's immediate needs by evaluating observed behavior and other relevant information including signs and symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal
Administer appropriate evidence-based screening and assessment instruments specific to clients to determine their strengths and needs
Obtain relevant history and related information from the client and other pertinent sources to establish eligibility and appropriateness of services
Screen for physical needs, medical conditions, and co-occurring mental health disorders that might require additional assessment and referral
Interpret results of screening and assessment and integrate all available information to formulate diagnostic impression and determine an appropriate course of action
Domain II: Treatment, Planning Collaboration and Referral - 600 req. hrs
Formulate and discuss diagnostic assessment and recommendations with the client and concerned others to initiate an individualized treatment plan that incorporates client's strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences
Use ongoing assessment and collaboration with the client and concerned others to review and modify the treatment plan to address treatment needs
Match client needs with community resources to facilitate positive client outcomes
Discuss rationale for a referral with the client
Communicate with community resources regarding needs of the client
Advocate for the client in areas of identified needs to facilitate continuity of care
Evaluate the effectiveness of case management activities to ensure quality service coordination
Develop a plan with the client to strengthen ongoing recovery outside of primary treatment
Document treatment progress, outcomes, and continuing care plans
Utilize multiple pathways of recovery in treatment planning and referral
Domain III: Counseling - 600 req. hrs
Develop a therapeutic relationship with clients, families, and concerned others to facilitate transition into the recovery process
Provide information to the client regarding the structure, expectations, and purpose of the counseling process
Continually evaluate the client's safety, relapse potential, and the need for crisis intervention
Apply evidence-based, culturally competent counseling strategies and modalities to facilitate progress towards completion of treatment objectives
Assist families and concerned others in understanding substance use disorders and engage them in the recovery process
Document counseling activity and progress towards treatment goals and objectives
Provide information on issues of identity, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, and gender as it relates to substance use, prevention and recovery
Provide information about the disease of addiction and the related health and psychosocial consequences

Technical Instruction

Drugs, Behavior, and Health - 37.5 req. hrs
This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the health aspects of the use and abuse of licit and illicit drugs and related social problems and prevention.
Introduction to Counseling as a Profession - 37.5 req. hrs
This course provides an overview of the counseling theories that are often used in human service and rehabilitation practices.
Group Procedures in Guidance and Counseling - 37.5 req. hrs
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and functioning of groups in educational and agency settings and provides prospective counselors with experience in the group process.
Foundations of Chemical Dependency Counseling - 37.5 req. hrs
This course provides an overview of diagnosis and assessment; models for chemical dependency prevention, counseling, and recovery; and contexts of chemical dependency treatment.
Counseling Strategies for Preventing Chemical Dependency - 37.5 req. hrs
This course examines the helping professional’s role in primary and secondary prevention of substance abuse and related problems like delinquency, suicide, and pregnancy.

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