Dependency Disorders Technology

The objective of this program is to develop graduates who will be technically proficient in dealing with the problems of addiction in a variety of settings and function under the supervision of a health care professional.  Graduates can expect entry level employment as a Behavioral Health Tech, Substance Abuse Counseling Assistant, and other positions needed in prevention and education programs.

Program Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of the twelve core functions of the addiction counselor
  • Develop interviewing skills
  • Prepare to be able to develop treatment plans, discharge planning, and after care
  • Gain knowledge of the role of the family and/or significant others and how they impact on the addiction process
  • Gain knowledge of the pros and cons of Alcoholics Anonymous and the relationships to all varieties of addiction
  • Learn how to develop a relapse plan
  • Gain knowledge of psychopharmacology drugs
  • Gain knowledge of West Virginia laws that are applicable to those with problems with dependence
  • Promote ethical behavior and professionalism befitting a health care professional
  • Develop a balanced view of the major concepts of various therapies and the practical techniques in the therapeutic process
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of the skills and strategies that are critical in the counseling process
  • Understand the role of 12-step self-help groups in recovery from addiction
  • Develop communication skills necessary for effective interaction with other members of the health care team
  • Foster investigative and critical thinking skills
  • Gain knowledge of how agencies work through participation in the externship


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