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Substance Use Disorder Counseling

10-550-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Evening Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Help people break free from the grip of substance abuse. In this rewarding career, you’ll work with a team of health and social services professionals to provide Substance Use Disorder Counseling services. Through classroom, laboratory and internship experience, you’ll develop skills in assessment, counseling, diagnosis, treatment planning, group facilitation, documentation and crisis management. You’ll also learn how to respect clients' rights, develop professional ethics and understand the complexity of substance use disorders. This degree prepares you for a variety of opportunities in licensed substance use disorder treatment facilities such as clinics, hospitals and community residential facilities, as well as correctional facilities, and various community and social service agencies.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (44 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • SUDC Clinical Preparation
    10-550-124
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10550124
    • Credits: 2.00

    Prepares the learner for the internship experience. Resumes will be developed and interviewing techniques explored for placement positions. The learner will complete the application process with the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) for their SAC-IT credential. This course will explore emerging trends that are occurring with substances, treatment methods, and facilities within the substance use counseling disorder profession.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550200 - Intro to the SUDC Profession (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801196 - Oral/Interpersonal Comm (Grade of C or better required)

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550204 - Group Facilitation

    • SOC SERV 10550208 - SUDC Assessment, Diagnosis

    • SOC SERV 10550210 - Boundaries Ethics Helping Prof

  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
    10-550-138
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550138
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides specific treatment alternatives for a variety of clients and their effectiveness. Develops the skills to value and understand the context and world views of people different from themselves. Categories of diverse populations discussed include gender, minority/ethnic cultures, gay and lesbian clients, differently abled clients, and clients in the criminal justice system.

  • Introduction to the SUDC Profession
    10-550-200
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550200
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explore characteristics that are incorporated into substance use counseling and practice. Determine personal values, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Analyze the eight practice dimensions used to effectively treat substance use disorders: Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Referral; Service Coordination; Counseling; Patient, Family and Community Education; Documentation; and Professional and Ethical Responsibilities. Evaluate legal and ethical issues surrounding substance use counseling. Evaluate Information about Wisconsin licensing for substance use counseling.

  • Understanding Substance Use
    10-550-201
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550201
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explore the bio-psych social dynamics of substance use. Examine treatment approaches, models, and screening criteria. Examine substances of abuse, history of SUDs, and their impact on the individual and society.

  • Foundations of Case Management
    10-550-202
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550202
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduction to case management techniques and processes. Incorporates intake assessment techniques, service planning techniques, referral processes, coordination of care, and discharge processes determined by a multidisciplinary team approach. Includes client self-determination and autonomy. Incorporates clinical documentation requirements and processes.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication (Grade of C or better required)

    • Student is in progress in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (10-550-1) Program of Study

    OR ALL of the following:

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication

    • Student is in progress in Human Services (10-520-3) Program of Study

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is in progress in Substance Abuse Counselor Education 360 Hr Comprehensive Program (20-550-2) Program of Study

  • Overview of Mental Health Disorders
    10-550-203
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550203
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides an overview to the history, diagnosis, treatment strategies, legal and ethical considerations, and documentation of mental health conditions. Focus is on understanding the mental health conditions that co-occur with substance use disorders.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Student is in progress in Human Services (10-520-3) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (10-550-1) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Abuse Counselor Education 360 Hr Comprehensive Program (20-550-2) Program of Study

  • Group Facilitation
    10-550-204
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550204
    • Credits: 3.00

    An introduction to theory and practice of group dynamics and processes. Includes ethical considerations, effective group leadership, and stages of group development. Also includes demonstration of group facilitation skills, clinical documentation, co-facilitation strategies, reflective practitioner techniques, and group formation.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550206 - Intro Interviewing Counseling (Grade of C or better required)

    • Student is in progress in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (10-550-1) Program of Study

    OR ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550206 - Intro Interviewing Counseling

    • Student is in progress in Human Services (10-520-3) Program of Study

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is in progress in Substance Abuse Counselor Education 360 Hr Comprehensive Program (20-550-2) Program of Study

  • Counseling Theory
    10-550-205
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550205
    • Credits: 3.00

    Summarize the history of, and explore the primary concepts within, the major approaches to counseling. Explore the empirical foundations of each theory. Examine application of theories to counseling. Review specific techniques of each theoretical approach. Examine the role of the counselor within each theoretical approach. Explore the role of the counselor, the scope of practice, and the ethical implications in counseling.

    Student is in progress in the Program of Study of Human Services (10-520-3) OR Substance Use Disorder Counseling (10-550-1)

  • Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling Skills
    10-550-206
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550206
    • Credits: 3.00

    Analyze foundational skills in the counseling relationship. Analyze the stages of the helping processes and the roles professionals play in the processes. Analyze the importance of establishing therapeutic relationships. Apply basic counseling techniques. Apply interviewing and counseling skills through mock counseling sessions and personal experience reflections. Examine issues of boundaries and ethics.

  • Psychopharmacology
    10-550-207
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550207
    • Credits: 3.00

    Overview of psychopharmacology including drug categorization history, drug categorization, and drug classification. Includes analysis of neurophysiology of the brain and endocrine system, effects of substances on the body, analysis of delivery systems, and analysis of medical aspects of SUDs. Also includes etiology of addiction, psychopharmacological aspects of withdrawal management, analysis of medications used to treat SUDs and mental health disorders, and SUD medical impacts on the body.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following:

    • Student is in progress in Human Services (10-520-3) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (10-550-1) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Abuse Counselor Education 360 Hr Comprehensive Program (20-550-2) Program of Study

  • SUDC Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
    10-550-208
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550208
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explore the core components of substance use disorder treatment. Apply the core practice dimensions of Substance Use Disorder Counseling. Evaluate process for SUD clients for the purpose of developing treatment plans and documenting the treatment process.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Student is in progress in Human Services (10-520-3) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (10-550-1) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Abuse Counselor Education 360 Hr Comprehensive Program (20-550-2) Program of Study

  • Family Systems
    10-550-209
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550209
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides a broad understanding of family systems theory and practice relevant to the human services field. Focus is on evaluating the communication and interaction patterns and applying interventions and strategies.

  • Boundaries & Ethics - Helping Professions
    10-550-210
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10550210
    • Credits: 3.00

    Evaluate the ethical codes of the helping professions. Examine professional boundaries related to the helping professions. Incorporate ethical standards into decision making processes. Examine ethical considerations related to professional standards for the helping professions. Examine ethical considerations related to state and federal regulations for the helping professions. Examine the ethical considerations related to professional self-care.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Student is in progress in Human Services (10-520-3) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (10-550-1) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (20-550-1) Program of Study

  • Clinical Experience I
    10-550-211
    3Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10550211
    • Credits: 3.00

    Immersive experience with an agency including supervised practice in the 12 core functions. Integrates the knowledge, theory, skills, and professional behaviors learned in the two previous semesters of coursework. Emphasis on gaining first-hand knowledge and refine previously acquired skills to gain a greater understanding of self and the helping professions.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550124 - SUDC Clinical Preparation (Grade of C or better required)

    • SOC SERV 10550201 - Understanding Substance Use (Grade of C or better required)

    • SOC SERV 10550204 - Group Facilitation (Grade of C or better required)

    • SOC SERV 10550208 - SUDC Assessment, Diagnosis (Grade of C or better required)

    • SOC SERV 10550210 - Boundaries Ethics Helping Prof (Grade of C or better required)

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550202 - Foundations of Case Management​

    • SOC SERV 10550203 - Overview Mental Hlth Disorders

    • SOC SERV 10550207 - Psychopharmacology​

  • Clinical Experience II
    10-550-212
    3Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10550212
    • Credits: 3.00

    Immersion experience with an agency including supervised practice in the 12 core functions. Integrates the knowledge, theory, skills, and professional behaviors learned in previous courses and refined in Clinical I immersion experience. Emphasis on applying previously acquired knowledge and skills and gaining a greater understanding of self and the helping professions through first-hand experience.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550202 - Foundations of Case Management (Grade of C or better required)

    • SOC SERV 10550203 - Overview Mental Hlth Disorders (Grade of C or better required)

    • SOC SERV 10550207 - Psychopharmacology (Grade of C or better required)

    • SOC SERV 10550211 - Clinical Experience I (Grade of C or better required)

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • SOC SERV 10550138 - Cross-Cultural Counseling

    • SOC SERV 10550205 - Counseling Theory

    • SOC SERV 10550209 - Family Systems

    General Studies (16 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Human Biology
    10-806-198
    4Credit
    90
    126
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806198
    • Credits: 4.00

    This is an introductory course that emphasizes the structure of the human body and the functional interrelationships of the body's systems. Consideration is given to the human body and disease, human genetics, human ecology, and the role that humans play in the environment. The course consists of 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab per week.  Note: This course does not meet requirements for or substitute for General Anatomy and Physiology or Anatomy & Physiology I and II.

  • Intro to Sociology
    10-809-196
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces students to the fundamental sociological concepts, including sociological perspectives, research methods, the significance of culture in society, and the socialization process. Other topics include deviance, the impact of groups on behavior, societal inequities, global changes, the role of social institutions, and social stratification.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    This science of psychology course is a survey of multiple aspects of behavior and mental processes. It provides an overview of topics such as research methods, theoretical perspectives, learning, cognition, memory, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal psychology, physiological factors, social influences, and development.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

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