Degree Programs - Requirements

Note: The DARC program is highly sequenced. Students are encouraged to take courses in the order they are listed below.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication COM*H100 Introduction to Communication 3
Program Requirement PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
Program Requirement DAR*H101 Public Health Issues in Abuse and Addiction 3
Program Requirement DAR*H111 Addiction Counseling I 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Scientific Reasoning♢♢ DAR*H158 Biology of Addiction 3
Social Phenomenon SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature and Composition 3
Program Requirement PSY*H245 Abnormal Psychology 3
Program Requirement DAR*H112 Group Counseling Theory & Techniques 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics or MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge♢♢ BIO*H110 Principles of the Human Body or H115 Human Biology 3-4
Program Requirement DAR*H251 Counseling Internship†† (fall only) 6
Program Requirement DAR*H220 Co-Occurring Disorders Counseling 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Comm. Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions listed 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Program Requirement DAR H252 Counseling Internship II†† (spring only) 6
Program Requirement DAR H213 Addiction Counseling II 3
Total Credits: 63-64

Notes:

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

Mathematics selection from MAT*H135 for career degree students, or MAT*H167 for students intending to transfer. ††DAR*H251 and DAR*H252 must be completed in consecutive semesters.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses. ♢♢ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Degree Programs - Outcomes

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).

Certificate Program - Requirements

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

Certificate Program - Outcomes

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).

CourseDescriptions
DAR*H101
Issues in Drug and Alcohol Abuse
3 Credits

Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENG*H101. This course will introduce students to the substance abuse treatment field and discuss DARC admission and certification requirements. Students will explore key topic areas such as models of recovery; history of legislation and regulation; self-help and evidenced-based approaches to recovery, ethics, and confidentiality. Public health issues related to substances will be investigated, including trends in substance use, co-occurring disorders, advertising of tobacco and alcohol, costs to society, and continuum of care from prevention to aftercare.

DAR*H111
Addiction Counseling I
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG*H101. Students will learn, practice, and develop counseling skills such as attending, reflecting, active listening, interviewing, and mirroring as it relates to addictions counseling.  Students will learn theories that are fundamental to addiction counseling and understand the relationship of theory to skills.  Students will reflect on their roles as counselors and define the qualities, knowledge base, and skills essential to becoming a competent, ethical, culturally-aware counselor-in-training.

DAR*H112
Group Counseling Theory and Techniques
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG*H101. Students will be introduced to the concepts and theories of group counseling and group dynamics in the addiction field. Types of groups, group formation, and stages of group development, transitions, and termination of groups will be discussed as well as the ethical aspects of group work. Through a combination of didactic and experiential learning, students will have the opportunity to examine their own performances as group members and facilitators.

DAR*H158
Biology of Addiction
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG*H101. Students will be introduced to the basic pharmacology of drugs of abuse, and drug classification as well as the process of neurotransmission and brain functioning when drugs are introduced to the human body. Discussion of how each class of psychoactive substances alters neurotransmission and homeostasis will occur. The course examines the consequences of short- and long-term substance use, abuse, and addiction on all major bodily systems and the fetus.

DAR*H220
Co-Occurring Disorders Counseling
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG*H101. The purpose of this course is to educate students about the principles, assessment instruments, strategies, settings, and models for treating clients with co-occurring disorders in the addiction treatment setting. This course will provide education and training on models for treating co-occurring disorders, assessment practices, development of treatment plans, and counseling strategies that may be used in inpatient and outpatient settings.

DAR*H213
Addiction Counseling II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG*H101 This course builds upon the theoretical base presented in Addiction Counseling I and will encourage further development of encouraging, paraphrasing, summarizing and reflecting of feelings as they relate to conducting intake interviews, treatment planning, counseling, and the discharge process. Students will also learn about complex issues which include GLBT populations, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, eating disorders, relapse prevention, specialized self help groups, ethical behavior, and multicultural competencies.

DAR*H251
Counseling Internship I
6 Credits

Prerequisites: DAR*H101, 111, 112, 158; Eligibility for ENG*H101 and permission of the program coordinator. Students will spend 15 hours per week in a substance abuse treatment facility under the joint supervision of the DARC program Coordinator and a supervisor at the facility and attend a seminar once per week. Students will observe, practice, and develop competency in the 12 core functions of addiction counseling. As students develop increased competence, they will progress from active observers to co-counselors and then to counselors. Students will continue academic study during a weekly seminar. Students will be expected to reflect on their field work, participate in clinical supervision and peer group interaction. (fall only)

DAR*H252
Counseling Internship II
6 Credits

Prerequisite: Passing grade of “C” or better in DAR*H251 and permission of DARC program coordinator. DAR*H251 and DAR*H252 must be completed in consecutive (Fall /Spring) semesters. A continuation of DAR*H 251, students will continue their field placements for 15 hours per week in the same substance abuse treatment facility. Students will refine their counseling skills and assume increased responsibility for implementing the transdisciplinary foundations and competencies required of addiction counselors. During the semester, students will function as a primary addiction counselor for one or more clients. The classroom component (weekly seminar) of this internship will prepare students for the certification exam and case presentation as well as provide for ongoing clinical supervision, personal reflection, and growth. (spring only)