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Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program is designed to prepare individuals with the skills necessary to become an addictions and substance use disorders professional, as well as provide continuing education to current professionals. Courses in the program focus on theories and techniques, ethics, communication skills, interviewing and documentation, and recovery and relapse. Courses also focus on advanced theories and techniques, family dynamics and relationships, and multicultural and diverse populations. The program includes a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level I, a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level II, and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders. In addition, a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Professional Addictions Counseling is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3302
Total Credits Required
61-64
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify symptoms of addictions and substance use disorders.
  2. Describe the relapse process.
  3. Demonstrate beginning skills in identification of co-occurring disorders.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical communication.
  5. Describe the counseling process in terms of objectives and issues of the initial counseling sessions, middle phase, termination of counseling, and follow-up.
  6. Describe how to establish the atmosphere for counseling, encourage clients and family members to establish counseling goals, commit to work on those goals, and to become involved in self-help groups.
  7. Identify the major concepts and goals of major counseling theories.
  8. Identify the fundamental principles of self-help groups and differentiate between counseling and self-help models.
  9. Identify and critically analyze the twelve steps.
  10. State the psychological and pharmacological effects of substance use/abuse.
  11. Explain roles, functions, and limitations of the addictions and substance use disorders counselor.
  12. Identify the professional standards for practice, ethics, and development for the addictions and substance use disorders counselor.
  13. Describe strategies and treatment modalities recommended for working with persons with AIDS.
  14. Identify and describe laws pertaining to confidentiality, maintenance of client records, and reporting child abuse.
  15. Demonstrate ability to complete a psychosocial assessment, a mental status assessment, and progress notes.
  16. Describe how to establish client rapport.
  17. Describe roles assumed by individuals in the family impacted by addiction.
  18. Describe Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and fetal alcohol effect.
  19. Summarize the variations of language, gender and age specific issues, and major pattern variations of addictions and substance use/abuse among diverse populations.
  20. Identify transcultural communication/counseling styles.
  21. Describe the recovery process.
  22. Describe the relapse process.
  23. Describe client's relapse triggers.
  24. Compare and contrast different treatment approaches in treating clients with co-occurring disorders.
  25. Identify group stages and tasks.
  26. Describe group intervention.
  27. Demonstrate methods for dealing with problematic behaviors which occur with clients.
  28. Demonstrate case management skills.
  29. Describe ethical issues facing the addictions and substance use disorders counselor.
  30. Determine and summarize personal counseling style and philosophy.
  31. Demonstrate record keeping and documentation skills.
  32. Describe addictions and substance use disorders counseling skills and techniques.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

$37,660

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

$43,110

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD100 Foundations of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Critical course Gateway course 3
ASD102 Communication Skills in Treating Addiction 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD110 Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency Critical course 3
ASD120 Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders 1
ASD150 Principles of Self-Help Groups 2
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Recommend BIO100 or BIO160 4
PSY101 or
PSY270
Introduction to Psychology or Personal and Social Adjustment SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD145 AIDS and Addiction 1
ASD161 Beginning Clinical Documentation Skills 3
ASD165 Theories and Techniques in the Treatment of Addictions 2
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications MAT14+ College Mathematics or any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area required for students intending to transfer 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD220 Family Dynamics and Addiction 3
ASD250 Group Interventions 3
ASD236 Relapse, Recovery, and Addiction 2
ASD226 Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations 3
ASD275 Advanced Theory and Techniques in the Treatment of Addiction Disorders 3
ASD245 Co-Occurring Disorders 2

Program Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD130 Legal Aspects of Addiction 1
ASD215 Adult Children of Alcoholics 1
ASD280 Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Practicum 6
ASD284 Current Issues and Addictions Seminar 0.5
ASD285 Addictions Seminar ASD285 may be repeated for a total of four (4) credit hours. 1–4
ASD295 Advanced Foundations: Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Counselor Licensing/Certification Exams 3
ASD285++ Any ASD Addictions and Substance Use Disorders seminar course 1
CPD+++++ Any CPD Counseling and Personal Development course 1–3
PSY2++++ Any 200 Level PSY Psychology Course 3
SOC2++++ Any 200 Level SWU Social Work Course 3
SWU2++++ Any 200 Level SWU Social Work Course 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD100 Foundations of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Critical course Gateway course 3
ASD102 Communication Skills in Treating Addiction 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
ASD110 Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency Critical course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD120 Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders 1
ASD150 Principles of Self-Help Groups 2
RE Restricted Electives 2
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
ASD161 Beginning Clinical Documentation Skills 3
PSY101 or
PSY270
Introduction to Psychology or Personal and Social Adjustment SB 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
ASD145 AIDS and Addiction 1
ASD165 Theories and Techniques in the Treatment of Addictions 2

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications MAT14+ College Mathematics or any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area required for students intending to transfer 3–6

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
ASD220 Family Dynamics and Addiction 3
ASD236 Relapse, Recovery, and Addiction 2

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD250 Group Interventions 3
ASD226 Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations 3
ASD245 Co-Occurring Disorders 2

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Recommend BIO100 or BIO160 4
ASD275 Advanced Theory and Techniques in the Treatment of Addiction Disorders 3

Program Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASD130 Legal Aspects of Addiction 1
ASD215 Adult Children of Alcoholics 1
ASD280 Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Practicum 6
ASD284 Current Issues and Addictions Seminar 0.5
ASD285 Addictions Seminar ASD285 may be repeated for a total of four (4) credit hours. 1–4
ASD295 Advanced Foundations: Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Counselor Licensing/Certification Exams 3
ASD285++ Any ASD Addictions and Substance Use Disorders seminar course 1
CPD+++++ Any CPD Counseling and Personal Development course 1–3
PSY2++++ Any 200 Level PSY Psychology Course 3
SOC2++++ Any 200 Level SOC Sociology Course 3
SWU2++++ Any 200 Level SWU Social Work Course 3

Licensing Disclosures

The Associate of Applied Science in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders is designed to meet the coursework requirements for a Licensed Substance Abuse Technician in the State of Arizona. For students seeking certification or licensure in a state other than Arizona, you may need to fulfill additional coursework or training requirements prior to applying for your certification or licensure, and additional requirements including but not limited to: obtaining a fingerprint clearance card, passing licensure or certification exams, completing supervised work experience in the practice of substance abuse counseling, and/or a supervised practicum.

The Rio Salado Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Program State Approval Map identifies whether the Rio Salado Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program meets or does not meet academic requirements for licensure/certification state-by-state or students may contact the appropriate licensure / certification board directly.

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=156309).


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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020