Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Why

 

The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics ranks Substance Abuse Counselors as one of the top ten fastest growing occupations through 2016.

Join the Ever-Growing Specialty of Substance Abuse Counseling

The Villanova University Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling started in 1989 and continues to prepare individuals for the demanding and rewarding field of counseling substance abusers. Individuals already involved in the professions of; healthcare, school counselors, social workers, ministers and other faith-based professionals, as well as those volunteering to work with adult and at-risk youth, can all benefit from the variety of topics directly associated with addiction and substance abuse. Counselors preparing for State Certification are rewarded by attending our pre-approved (CADC credits) classes. Many of the classes are also appropriate for re-certification hours (C.E.U's). Our program remains highly regarded by behavioral health employers and service providers. 

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Course Fees

Both core courses and electives are $175.00 each.

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Program Requirements


The program is designed for flexibility and convenience. Students may start the program at any point in the semester. To complete the program and receive a Villanova Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling a student needs to complete all 7 core classes and any 5 electives for a total of 120 hours of education. Completion of the required 12 courses may be taken over multiple semesters and elective course topics vary by term. All classes provide 10 hours of education and are held on Friday evenings from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For individuals seeking PA State Certification, all of the hours in this program may be applied toward Certification by the Pennsylvania Certification Board.  Contact the PCB for other requirements in addition to the specified education hours (see below).

Note: Candidates for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential must possess a Bachelor's degree. For those without a Bachelor's degree, the hours accrued from this program can be applied towards becoming an Associate Addiction Counselor (AAC), Associate Prevention Specialist (APS), or a Certified Allied Addiction Practitioner (CAAP). For more details, please contact the PA Certificate Board at 717-540-4455 or visit the PA Certification Boards' website.

Course Dates Location

Fall 2014 Classes:

September 6, 2014 - December 13, 2014

Complete each individual course in one weekend!

Friday Evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Villanova University
Main Campus
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
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Schedule of Classes

Fall 2014 Course Schedule:

CERTIFIED ADDICTION COUNSELOR (CAC) APPLICATION PROCESS - NEW Offering in the Fall Term! 

This ½ day seminar will provide you with an understanding of all the CAC requirements and offer written test preparation strategies. This seminar is being offered Free of Charge to all students who have been, or are currently enrolled in the Certificate in Alcohol and Drug counseling Program.  The fee for all other participants is $15.00. Space is limited. Students must register for this event. (September 6, 2014)

Instructors: Mary Jo Mather

Core Classes:

 ROLE OF THE ADDICTION TREATMENT COUNSELOR  

This course explores the skills and abilities necessary for those seeking the credential of Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC).  Counseling methodologies will be reviewed as well as agency setting in which substance abuse counseling takes place.  (September 12 & 13, 2014) 

Instructor:   Roland Lamb, Director Addiction Services Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services

DRUG AND ALCOHOL EDUCATION

This course is an introduction to the physiological mechanism underlying the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain, the individual and society. Topics include basic pharmacology, placebo and an overview of the nervous system.  
(September 19 & 20, 2014)

Instructor: William Hample, BS, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Senior Probation Officer for State of New Jersey

INTAKE/ASSESSMENT/RECORD KEEPING WITH THE SUBSTANCE ABUSER

Documentation skills are an essential component in the field of substance abuse counseling.  This course reviews the essential elements of record keeping as it relates to effective treatment and further defines the standards by which agencies are reviewed for compliance in this regard.

(September 26 & 27, 2014) 

Instructor: Laura B. Jones, Med/CAC Vice President Behavioral Health Services North Philadelphia Health System

INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING TECHNIQUES WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSERS

This course will walk the counselor from the initial meeting with the client to their involvement in an ongoing counseling relationship.  The essential ingredients for counselor skill-building will be explored as well as practiced in this core seminar.  (October 10 & 11, 2014) 

Instructor:  Nailah A. Green, MS, LCADC, CCJP Substance Abuse Evaluator State of NJ Office of the Judiciary

SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE W/ CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS

This course is designed to introduce the most common mental health disorders. This includes a review of the relevant signs, symptoms and diagnostic criteria. They will see how substance related problems as well as barriers to maintaining sobriety interplay with the mental health diagnosis. Participants will practice various techniques that apply to both mental health and substance related disorders, seeing how to best address client’s complex needs. Responding to suicidality will also be emphasized.

(October 17 & 18, 2014)       

Instructor: Galeet Farrow:  MA, LPC, NBCC, Asst. Dean of Students for Alcohol and Drug Intervention- Villanova University

GROUP COUNSELING WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSERS

Being able to work with groups in counseling is a critical skill. Topics covered in this course include observational methods in groups, supportive vs. self‑awareness group therapy, an overview of group therapy approaches and how to lead a therapy group. Develop your skills in group counseling through this core class. (October 24 & 25, 2014)

Instructor:  Paul Boyd, MS, CAADC Clinical Coordinator for the Co-Occurring Disorders Unit at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment Adjunct Professor for Eastern University

ETHICAL DECISION MAKING: DISCOVERING SOLUTIONS TO ETHICAL SITUATIONS IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT

This course will provide an operational model for identifying, problem solving, and resolving relevant ethical issues confronting the substance abuse treatment staff member.  Participants will have opportunities to utilize this model to identify current ethical practice problems, recognize applicable ethical and legal issues, and discover methods to assist in the resolution of these problems.  Issues of confidentiality as related to the treatment of substance abusers and their families will be a primary area of focus in this course.  (October 31 & November 1, 2014)

Instructor:   Elaine Selan, RNC, MSN, NE-BC President, EGS Initiatives         

ELECTIVE CLASSES:

BRIEF TREATMENT OF PROBLEM GAMBLING

This course introduces participants to clinical concepts associated with Brief, Solution-Oriented therapeutic techniques and their utilization with problem gambling. As a theoretical model, brief therapy approaches continue to evolve and make headway into an integrated method for dealing with a variety of compulsive disorders.  It is also a favored methodology by insurance companies for all of the obvious reasons.  As a clinical model, it often requires a shift in the way we traditionally think about our client’s presenting problems toward a method that demands immediacy-immediacy in problem-identification (even if only as a means of moving away from the problem as soon as possible); immediacy in developing readily accomplished tasks for the client that set him/her up for immediate success.  This course will provide some practical usable tools for immediate use with problem gamblers. (November 7 & 8, 2014)

Instructor:  Tom Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS Executive Director for Addiction Service at JEVS Human Services

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the DUI Law and its impact on a local and statewide basis. A detailed presentation of the relationship of the Criminal Justice and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Systems as they both relate to DUI.
(November 14 & 15, 2014)

Instructor:  James Hanlon, M.S., Director of Diagnostic Services Media Courthouse

CULTURAL COMPETENCY      

This seminar investigates treatment considerations in diverse populations based upon ethnic, cultural, and racial differences.  The importance of these differences will be explored in terms of substance abuse and substance abuse treatment.
(November 21 & 22, 2014)

Instructor:   Catherine Williams, Ph.D Health Program ManagerPhiladelphia Office of Behavioral Health

RELAPSE PREVENTION

In this course, student will learn methods used by counselors to assist clients in the final stages of treatment and to make post-treatment plans to maintain sobriety.  Students will also learn to recognize the early signs of relapse and address these issues with intervention techniques.
(December 5 & 6, 2014)

Instructor:  M. Dean Bowman, LCADC, CCDP, CCJP, Drug Court Coordinator

COUNTERTRANSFERENCE AND THE BOUNDARY OF SELF

The therapeutic relationship is not an ordinary social exchange. Instead, the key differentials are ultimately aligned around issues of power & control. This workshop explores the use of clinical self while establishing & maintaining appropriate boundaries thus assuring that the client benefits maximally in the therapeutic exchange while the counselor maintains a healthy psychic distance as a means of assuring objectivity & avoiding burnout. (December 12 & 13, 2014)

Instructor:   Tom Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS, Executive Director for Addiction Service at JEVS Human Services

 

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