Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level I


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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level I 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 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level I focus on theories and techniques, ethics, communication skills, interviewing and documentation, and recovery and relapse.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Addictions and Substance Use Disorders Level I (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2023

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Licensing Disclosures
The Associate in 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 Disorder 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




What You'll Learn
  • Identify symptoms of addictions and substance use disorders. (ASD100)
  • Describe the relapse process. (ASD100)
  • Demonstrate beginning skills in identification of co-occurring disorders. (ASD100)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical communication. (ASD102)
  • Describe the counseling process in terms of objectives and issues of the initial counseling sessions, middle phase, termination of counseling, and follow-up. (ASD102)
  • 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. (ASD102)
  • Identify the major concepts and goals of major counseling theories. (BHS205)
  • Identify the fundamental principles of self-help groups and differentiate between counseling and self-help models. (ASD150)
  • Identify and critically analyze the twelve steps. (ASD150)
  • State the psychological and pharmacological effects of substance use/abuse. (ASD110)
  • Explain roles, functions, and limitations of the addictions and substance use disorders counselor. (ASD120)
  • Identify the professional standards for practice, ethics, and development for the addictions and substance use disorders counselor. (ASD120)
  • Describe strategies and treatment modalities recommended for working with persons with AIDS. (ASD145)
  • Identify and describe laws pertaining to confidentiality, maintenance of client records, and reporting child abuse. (ASD161)
  • Demonstrate ability to complete a psychosocial assessment, a mental status assessment, and progress notes. (ASD161)
  • Describe how to establish client rapport. (ASD165)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ASD100Foundations of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders3
ASD102Communication Skills in Treating Addiction3
ASD110Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency3
ASD120Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders1
ASD145AIDS and Addiction1
ASD150Principles of Self-Help Groups2
ASD161Beginning Clinical Documentation Skills3
ASD165Theories and Techniques in the Treatment of Addictions2
BHS205Introduction to Individual Counseling Theories3

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