BSSAC Sample Curriculum, Cincinnati Online

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Group Skills in Substance Abuse Counseling SACN 4000

This course is an introduction to group process, leadership and practice for substance abuse counseling. Students will gain insight into theoretical and practical concepts of group counseling used within a substance abuse clinical setting. Ethical, legal and professional concerns of group process will be addressed, along with parameters for best practices. Within the course, students will conceptualize and develop a group proposal that can be implemented for recovering clients or their families.

Prereq: SACN 1000, SACN 2011, SACN 2021

Credit level: UG, Credit Hours 3

 

Substance Abuse Counseling for Families and Other Relationships SACN 4001

Using systems perspectives, this course provides students the core framework with which to provide substance abuse counseling to families and other intimate relationships. Students will learn the etiology of substance abuse from a relationship perspective, understanding how families and other relationships relate to substance addictions. Over the term, students will learn how to apply systems theories and relationship counseling skills to various clinical scenarios.

Prereq: SACN 1000, SACN 2011, SACN 2021

Credit level: UG, Credit Hours 3

 

Crisis Management Skills SACN 4002

This course will provide students the most current proven practices in crisis management, particularly those encountered by substance abuse professionals. Through a strengths-based lens, crisis will be understood as both dangerous and full of potential where personal and collective assets may be mobilized for growth and change. Subjects will include childhood trauma, disaster response, suicide, sexual assault, partner violence, grief and loss, institutional violence and self-care strategies.

Prereq: None

Credit level: UG, Credit Hours 3

 

Maintenance Strategies for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery 4003

In this course, students will learn how to help individuals with substance abuse with strategies to prevent relapses and promote recovery. The student will learn the relapse and recovery process, including: understanding the phases of recovery; recognizing a healthy recovery from addiction; understanding the causes, triggers and manifestations of relapse; understanding how to prevent relapse; and recognizing relapse and recovery issues uniquely associated with diverse populations.

Prereq: SACN 1000, SACN 2011, SACN 2021

Credit level: UG, Credit Hours 3

 

Case Management and Treatment Planning in Substance Abuse Counseling SACN 4004

This course is designed to help students build their treatment planning and case-management skills in substance abuse counseling. Students will apply best practices in treatment planning to various case scenarios including clients from populations including men, women, AIDS/HIV-infected persons, dually diagnosed individuals, adolescents, older adults and some culturally specific populations. In addition, students will learn skills to develop community relationships with other service providers and how to appropriately make referrals consistent with best practices and state and federal regulations.

Prereq: SACN 1000, SACN 2011, SACN 2021

Credit level: UG, Credit Hours 3

 

Clinical Supervision Perspectives in Substance Abuse Counseling SACN 4050

This course is designed to introduce helping professionals to current perspectives and best practices for clinical supervision of substance abuse counselors. The course is for counselors and students with advanced knowledge and skills or experience who anticipate providing clinical supervision at some time in their careers. It also is intended to expand supervision knowledge and skills for those professionals already providing clinical supervision. Course topics include common theories of supervision and common treatment issues in substance abuse counseling.

Prereq: SACN 1000, SACN 2011, SACN 2021

Credit level: UG, Credit Hours 3