Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC)

DARC Certificate

Want to specialize in addictions counseling?

The certificate program consisting of 30 credits  is ideal for individuals who wish to enter the workforce as addictions counselors or those with advanced degrees seeking specialization in addiction counseling. It satisfies the education and training requirements to sit for the Connecticut Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) exam.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Students who complete the DARC Certificate meet the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) 300 hours of education/training and 300 hours of supervised practicum in preparation towards becoming credentialed as a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC).
  • Additional hours of paid direct work experience are required to meet the supervised work expereince requirements for Provisional or Standard Certification as an Addictions Counselor by the State of Connecticut.
  • Students are hired by substance abuse treatment agencies with the DARC degree alone.
  • The internship (DAR H251 and DAR H252) is by application and approval of the DARC Coordinator only.
    • Acceptance into the internship is selective, through an application process.
    • Interested applicants must have completed the following courses with a C or better (DAR H101, DAR H111, DARH112, and DAR H158)
  • Interested applicants must complete a formal application and participate in the screening/interview process which occurs during the spring semester.
  • Students accepted into the internship complete DAR H251 and DAR H252 in consecutive fall (DAR H251) and spring (DAR H252) semesters.
Certificate Program Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
DAR*H101 Public Health Issues in Abuse and Addiction 3
DAR*H111 Addiction Counseling I 3
DAR*H112 Group Counseling Theory and Techniques 3
DAR*H158 Biology of Addiction 3
DAR*H213 Addiction Counseling II 3
DAR*H251 Counseling Internship I 6
DAR *H220 Co-Occurring Counseling 3
DAR *H252 Counseling Internship II 6
  Total Credit Hours 30

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe the physical, emotional and psychological basis of addiction
  2. Define the causes and characteristics of substance dependence and addiction relevant to various populations and cultures
  3. Define and apply counseling theories to addiction counseling including Adlerian, Existential, Person-Centered, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt, Reality, Behavior, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Feminist perspectives
  4. Define, demonstrate and apply ethical principles and practices according to NAADAC, the CCB, and professional behavior for working directly in the counseling field
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to relapse prevention education and strategies
  6. Describe the categories of drugs and effects on psychological functioning
  7. Describe characteristics of individuals with co-occurring disorders and specific treatment strategies for working with this population
  8. Demonstrate the ability to develop, write and implement treatment plans for individuals with addiction and co-occurring disorders
  9. Co-facilitate group counseling sessions under supervision
  10. Describe the use of case management in the treatment of persons with addiction and co-occurring disorders
  11. Demonstrate ability to develop discharge plans for persons with addiction and co-occurring disorders
  12. Demonstrate understanding of the screening, intake and evaluation process in addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment
  13. Demonstrate ability to keep accurate records of group/ individual process, treatment and discharge planning
  14. Describe and demonstrate skills involved in crisis intervention
  15. Describe the purpose and availability of self-help groups for persons with addiction/co-occurring disorders
  16. Describe the effects of substance abuse on the family, educational needs and stages of recovery for families
  17. Describe the stages of change model and its application to treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders
  18. Describe the use of multicultural counseling skills to assessment, treatment and aftercare issues of persons of different gender, ethnicity, disability, adolescents, the elderly, GBLT and homeless
  19. Describe the transdisciplinary foundations and competencies required of addiction counselor (TAP 21)
  20. Describe the use of medication in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders
  21. Demonstrate engagement in community service activities to educate others about the process, dangers and treatment of addiction
  22. Discuss the purpose of clinical supervision and participate in the supervision process
  23. Write a comprehensive case study based on a biopsychosocial assessment, including diagnosis, treatment plan goals and interventions acceptable for submission to the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB).

Program Coordinator
Sandra Valente
203-596-8655 (p)
Room: K610b