ADDICTION STUDIES

 

Courses will be offered online, in-person or via simulcast during Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

Due to Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements, students pursuing the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) must attend classes in-person.


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the "abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care."

However, the cost of abuse pales in comparison to the number of lives lost each year. In Pennsylvania in 2018 alone, there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths reported.*


There is a critical need for substance abuse and addictions counselors to provide support and guidance to those in need. Become a part of the solution to this national crisis by taking courses in Villanova's Addiction Studies program. With 13 courses to select from, these courses can be applied to a variety of Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) certifications detailed below.

Students can take individual courses or students can register for one of our two full certificate programs, which include the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate program and the Recovery Specialist Certificate program. Please note that students enrolled in the Recovery Specialist Certificate program are not eligible to take individual courses.

Note: All Villanova counseling courses are approved education hours by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). Students can apply courses and hours towards other PCB certifications if they choose or use the education hours towards recertification.**

To register for an individual course, students must complete this application and indicate which course(s) you plan to take. Each course costs $200 and counts for .80 CEU's - 8 classroom education hours. Courses are Saturdays from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm.

*NIDA. 2020, May 1. Pennsylvania: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/pennsylvania-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms on 2020, July 17

**Students who intend to take a course online in order to earn a PCB certification should check with the PCB to confirm the education hours will be approved.

COURSES AND DESCRIPTIONS

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, September 12 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
100% Online
Single Course Cost: $200

This course provides an introduction to the physiological mechanism underlying the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain, the individual and society. Topics covered include basic pharmacology, placebo and an overview of the nervous system.

 

Upcoming Course Date:
Saturday, October 24 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
100% Online
Single Course Cost: $200

This seminar 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.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, December 5 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
100% Online
Single Course Cost: $200

Documentation skills are a critical component in the field of substance abuse counseling.  This seminar 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.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
100% Online
Single Course Cost: $200

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. 

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, September 19 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
100% Online
Single Course Cost: $200

This class will focus on methods that counselors can use to assist clients in the final stages of treatment and to make post-treatment plans to maintain sobriety.  Participants will also learn to recognize the early signs of relapse and address these issues with intervention techniques.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, December 12 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
100% Online
Single Course Cost: $200

The therapeutic relationship is not an ordinary social exchange. Instead, the key differentials are ultimately aligned around issues of power and control. This workshop explores the use of clinical self while establishing and 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 and avoiding burn out.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, August 29 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Single Course Cost: $200

This course will run in-person at The Inn at Villanova and via simulcast. Students seeking the CRS credential must attend class in person for the education hours to be approved by the PCB. All other students have the option to attend in person or to participate remotely via Zoom during the live class session.

This seminar explores the skills and abilities necessary for those seeking the credential of Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) in the state of Pennsylvania. Counseling methodologies will be reviewed as well as agency settings in which substance abuse counseling takes place.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, November 7 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Single Course Cost: $200

This course will run in-person at The Inn at Villanova and via simulcast. Students seeking the CRS credential must attend class in person for the education hours to be approved by the PCB. All other students have the option to attend in person or to participate remotely via Zoom during the live class session.

Being able to work with groups in counseling is a critical skill. Topics covered in this class include observational methods in groups, supportive vs. self-awareness group therapy, an overview of group therapy approaches and how to lead a therapy group. Through this core class, students are able to develop their overall skills in group counseling.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, November 21 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Single Course Cost: $200


This course will run in-person at The Inn at Villanova and via simulcast. Students seeking the CRS credential must attend class in person for the education hours to be approved by the PCB. All other students have the option to attend in person or to participate remotely via Zoom during the live class session.

This course will provide an operational model for identifying, problem solving, and resolving relevant ethical issues confronting the substance abuse treatment staff member.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, October 10 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Single Course Cost: $200


This course will run in-person at The Inn at Villanova and via simulcast. Students seeking the CRS credential must attend class in person for the education hours to be approved by the PCB. All other students have the option to attend in person or to participate remotely via Zoom during the live class session.

This course is designed to introduce the most common mental health disorders. This includes a review of the relevant signs, symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Students 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.

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, September 26 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Single Course Cost: $200


This course will run in-person at The Inn at Villanova and via simulcast. Students seeking the CRS credential must attend class in person for the education hours to be approved by the PCB. All other students have the option to attend in person or to participate remotely via Zoom during the live class session.

In this course, students will develop and improve their communication skills, learn new approaches, and be involved in experiential exercises using these skills. Students will also learn how to assist clients in transferring these skills and their role from the client to the "educator and helper" as they move back into their communities and new world of recovery educating and working with others to understand their needs and their world.

 

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, November 14 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Single Course Cost: $200

This course will run in-person at The Inn at Villanova and via simulcast. Students seeking the CRS credential must attend class in person for the education hours to be approved by the PCB. All other students have the option to attend in person or to participate remotely via Zoom during the live class session.

This course will cover the differences between therapy and recovery and how students’ clients will need to transfer skills, abilities, fears, and accomplishments into the real world. Students will also learn the potential "pitfalls" they will need to help their clients avoid and/or issues with which they will need to plan to deal.

 

Upcoming Course:
Saturday, October 17 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Single Course Cost: $200

This course will run in-person at The Inn at Villanova and via simulcast. Students seeking the CRS credential must attend class in person for the education hours to be approved by the PCB. All other students have the option to attend in person or to participate remotely via Zoom during the live class session.

Students will gain an understanding of counseling skills to be used in working with clients as they move into and through recovery. The course will focus on specific communication skills essential to effective work with those clients and those in their "connective worlds".

 

 

EXPERT FACULTY

galeet farrow

Galeet D. Farrow, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania who has been in the field for fifteen years. At Villanova University, she is the Assistant Dean of Students for Alcohol and Drug Intervention where she acts as the primary resource for the University on alcohol and other drug-related issues. In this role, she has advocated for at-risk students, trained faculty, staff and students, and provided health education and preventative college-wide initiatives. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Neuroscience from Temple University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling-Psychology from LaSalle University.

frank angelini

Frank J. Angelini, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist currently working at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has an extensive background in alcohol and drug counseling and expertise in the major substances of abuse and their effects on thought, behavior, emotions, and physical health. He provides students with a background on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, as well as models of individual and group treatment of substance abuse. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University in 1992 and received his Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998.

joan capolupo

Joan M. Novelli Capolupo received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware and her Master of Arts from Villanova University. She has been a higher education instructor for over thirty years, teaching courses focused on counseling services. In the College of Professional Studies, she contributed to the programming, curriculum and coursework for the Certified Recovery Specialist Program. 

dean-bowman

Mearl Dean Bowman is a Drug Court Coordinator in the Superior Court of New Jersey who has twenty-five years of professional experience in the mental health and addiction counseling field. Previously, he was the Program Coordinator for the Villanova University Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. He also provides clinical consulting, supervision, and training for drug, alcohol and gambling treatment services.

william-hample

William P. Hample currently serves as a Senior Probation Office in the Mental Health Unit for the State of New Jersey. He supervises probationers with a variety of mental health issue, including co-occurring diagnoses. He provides access to evaluations, treatment, and support networks utilizing outpatient and residential services. He also provides training to the New Jersey Division of Probation, specifically in the area of substance abuse and dependency.


Roland Lamb, M.A. has been working in the field of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dependence Treatment for over forty-two years. He has experience in various positions within the behavioral health system and currently provides cross-system management across several different work cultures. He has been very involved in the development and implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health models and has played a significant role in Philadelphia’s transformation to a recovery-oriented system of care. He has received numerous awards for his work in the field.

College of Professional Studies

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Villanova, PA 19085

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VALUE OF A PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM:

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Enhance your resume.

Professional education classes enable you to add new skills, expertise, or credentials to your resume and make you even more valuable to your employer.

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Expand your professional network.

Communicating and building relationships with your classmates and instructors can open new doors in your career.

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Learn from industry experts.

All programs are taught by instructors who have worked or who are currently working in the field, and who are able to share practical applications and real world examples of topics in the course.