Addiction Studies Certificate

Educational programs in Addiction Studies prepare students for work in the field of substance abuse including such positions as substance abuse counselors, peer support mentors, researchers, criminal justice professionals and clinical supervisors in both the community and in residential settings. Working with individuals with addictive disorders, the objectives are to eliminate dependence on alcohol or drugs and reduce criminal behaviors associated with illicit substances use. Specific proficiencies of the program include skills in assessment, interviewing, counseling and treatment planning within the context of diverse populations.  

Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals The Addiction Studies certificate program at the University of Michigan Dearborn prepares individuals to support substance abuse prevention and to counsel individuals and families with drug or alcohol problems. This program will provide instruction in individual and group counseling skills, substance abuse identification methodologies, substance abuse treatment modalities, and substance abuse prevention strategies. Upon completion of this certificate program students will be prepared to take the addiction certificate exam. The learning outcomes for addiction studies certificate program correspond to the Twelve Core Functions and Global Criteria for Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) defined by the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professions (www.mcbap.com). Proficiency in these domains will prepare students to sit for the CADC exam. The coursework will enhance student experience in the field which is also a mandatory requirement for certification. Students who complete the Addiction Studies Certificate will learn how to practice the following in health care settings:

  1. SCREENING: The process by which the client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program.
  2. INTAKE: The administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program.
  3. ORIENTATION: Describing to the client the following: general nature and goals of the program; rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program; in a nonresidential program, the hours during which services are available; treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any; and client rights.
  4. ASSESSMENT: The procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses problems and needs for the development of a treatment plan.
  5. TREATMENT PLANNING: Process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution; establish agreed upon immediate and long-term goals; and decide upon a treatment process and the resources to be utilized.
  6. COUNSELING: (Individual, Group, and Significant Others): The utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications; examination of attitudes and feelings; consideration of alternative solutions; and decision-making.

How to Apply

Core Courses (12 Cr. Hrs.)

HHS 370Medicine and Addiction I3
HHS 371Medicine and Addiction II3
HHS 202Mental Health Terminology3
CHE 401CHE Methods3
or CRJ 200 Intro to Criminal Justice
Total Credit Hours12

Electives (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Select from the following:
CRJ 466Drugs, Alcohol, and Society3
CRJ 467Drugs, Crime, and Justice3
CRJ 470Current Issues in Crim Justice3
SOC 465Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz3
SOC 476Inside Out Prison Exchange4
HHS 349Sobriety Credit1
HHS 360Responsible Drug Policy3

Total 18 Credit Hours Required

CHE 401     CHE Methods     3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare students with skills necessary to implement health education programs within the context of community health settings. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of community health education methods and strategies including but not limited to educational presentations and material development, mass media and media advocacy, legislative action and involvement, community organization, and working with groups.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 101 and CHE 201 and EDC 400

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

CRJ 200     Intro to Criminal Justice     3 Credit Hours

This course provides an introduction to issues of crime and neighborhood disorder as well as society's responses to these problems. We will examine the nature and causes of crime, criminal law, constitutional safeguards, and the organization and operation of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, and corrections. The history of the criminal justice system, terminology and career opportunities will also be discussed.

CRJ 466     Drugs, Alcohol, and Society     3 Credit Hours

Analyses of the sociology of substance use and abuse. Provides a sociological framework for understanding issues and evaluating our nation's responses to the phenomenon of drug use. Drawing on sociocultural and social psychological perspectives, this course systematically examines the social structure, social problems, and social policy aspects of drugs in American society. Prerequisite or permission of instructor. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): SOC 200 or SOC 201

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior

CRJ 467     Drugs, Crime, and Justice     3 Credit Hours

Provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state of research on interactions between crime and drug abuse. Examines drug distribution, organization of drug systems, and mechanisms of social control of drug systems. Analyzes the social problems associated with drugs and crime. The course also focuses on drug-law enforcement and public policy strategies for dealing with drugs and crime. Prerequisite or permission of instructor. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): SOC 200 or SOC 201

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior

CRJ 470     Current Issues in Crim Justice     3 Credit Hours

Current issues in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement in the U.S. and other countries. Topics include an evaluation of police activities, problems of apprehensions and prosecution, the courts and the correctional system, and the efficacy of the legal structure in its social context. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): CRJ 200

HHS 202     Mental Health Terminology     3 Credit Hours

Mental Health Medical Terminology orients students to mental health disorders. A brief clinical overview from a lay perspective orients students to the various mental disorders including mental retardation and learning disorders, behavioral disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, impulse control disorders and sleep disorders. A special emphasis will be made on the relationship between substance abuse problems and mental illness, as well as the physical aspects of drug use. Students learn the specific criteria for mental illness classification through use of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM 5). (OC)

HHS 349     Sobriety Credit     1 Credit Hour

The course uses a combination of seminar meetings, reflection writing, community engagement and experiential learning to emphasize the barriers and hardships faced by substance users who become involved in treatment, whether that involvement is mandatory or voluntary. Students are required to go through the same documentation procedures as those in treatment (and drug court) which require the presentation of a clean urine report and signed forms of attendance at AA or NA meetings. Students are asked to write weekly reflection papers detailing any difficulties that they experience. The class meets once a month in a seminar fashion to discuss the reflection writing. (OC)

HHS 360     Responsible Drug Policy     3 Credit Hours

A study of the fundamentals needed for identifying both the appearance and effects of controlled substances. Students receive guides to controlled substances; their color, trade names and drug codes. Topics include a critical examination of the physiological, sociological and legal aspects of drug abuse and the many complexities which have developed as a direct or indirect result of drug policy in society. (OC)

HHS 370     Medicine and Addiction I     3 Credit Hours

Medicine and Addiction I is part one in the sequence of introductory coursework in the Addiction Studies Certificate Program. This course provides the clinical orientation for addiction that frames much of the activities associated with screening and assessment of client behaviors as well as aspects of intervention and management of clients with addiction. Students successfully completing the course will identify and apply the assessment principles for individuals and families dealing with addiction. (OC)

HHS 371     Medicine and Addiction II     3 Credit Hours

Medicine and Addiction I is part two in the sequence of introductory coursework in the Addiction Studies Certificate Program. This course provides the clinical orientation for addiction that frames much of the activities associated with screening and assessment of client behaviors as well as aspects of intervention and management of clients with addiction. Students successfully completing the course will identify and apply the treatment principles for individuals and families dealing with addiction. (OC)

Prerequisite(s): HHS 370

SOC 465     Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz     3 Credit Hours

A general analysis of the concept of social deviance and social disorganization: factors producing each condition, the effects of social control measures on the course of deviance and disorganization consequences for the social system, and the relationship between the two. Students cannot receive credit for both SOC 465 and SOC 565. (YR)

Prerequisite(s): SOC 200 or SOC 201

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally