Programs

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Addiction Counselor Education
The Clark College Addiction Counselor Education Department (ACED) program offers an AAS, for students pursuing the Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) certification, an AA for students wishing to transfer to a state college or university and a Certificate of Proficiency for students who already possess a degree and plan to sit for the CDP state exam. The ACED program is certified by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), as well as the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).

Addiction counselors work with families and individuals of all ages who are experiencing problems with addictive behaviors. Counselors may work as members of treatment teams in inpatient or outpatient settings, with schools, or in businesses. They provide group, individual, and couples therapy as well as assessments and interventions. Addiction counselors also work as liaisons for their clients to judicial systems, schools, state services, and communities. Counselors may serve as educators in their communities, acquainting community members with treatment options and prevention strategies for the community. Please contact the Addiction Counselor Education Department (ACED) program advisor for current Washington state certification requirements.

Students must complete all specifically listed courses and Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and be awarded the award.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
Addiction Counselor Education (CP)
The Certificate of Proficiency in Addiction Counselor Education equips members of the helping professions as well as other professions with knowledge of the addiction disorders and behaviors in order to assist them in the delivery of services to their clients and patients. Knowledge of addictive processes can greatly assist members of law enforcement, teachers, health care workers, corrections and social services workers, among others, in performing their jobs in a more comprehensive manner. This certificate is intended only for those students already holding an associate degree or above.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Human Relations
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Computational Skills
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
ACED 101
SURVEY OF ADDICTIONOLOGY *
3 cr.
or
HSSA&101
INTRO TO ADDICTIVE DRUGS
5 cr.
ACED 122
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING SKILLS
3 cr.
ACED 125
GROUP COUNSELING IN ADDICTIONS
3 cr.
ACED 132
INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING FAMILY MEMBERS
3 cr.
ACED 136
LAW AND ETHICS IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
3 cr.
ACED 137
ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL ILLNESS
3 cr.
ACED 138
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION IN THE COMMUNITY
3 cr.
ACED 160
PHARMACOLOGY OF DRUGS OF ABUSE
3 cr.
ACED 164
ADOLESCENT ADDICTION ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT
3 cr.
ACED 170
AIR- AND BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS
3 cr.
ACED 201
THEORIES OF COUNSELING *
3 cr.
ACED 202
MULTI-CULTURAL ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
3 cr.
ACED 203
CASE MANAGEMENT IN ADDICTION MEDICINE
3 cr.
ACED 205
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR ADDICTION COUNSEL
3 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 59-61
*For non-majors also.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Understand and participate in addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge of patients and clients with addictions.
  • Treat substance abuse clients in multiple settings including individual and group counseling situations.
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Communicate effectively, accurately, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with diverse populations of clients, patients, colleagues, the public, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors when working with clients, patients, other professionals, and the public.
  • Successfully complete Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional exam.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
Addiction Counselor Education (AAS)
Summer Term (Optional)
ACED 132
INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING FAMILY MEMBERS
3 cr.
ACED 136
LAW AND ETHICS IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
3 cr.
ACED 170
AIR- AND BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS
3 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education
3 cr.
Computational Skills
3 cr.
Human Relations
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY **
5 cr.
Humanities
3 cr.
Social Sciences
3 cr.
Natural Sciences
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
ACED 101
SURVEY OF ADDICTIONOLOGY *
3 cr.
or
HSSA&101
INTRO TO ADDICTIVE DRUGS
5 cr.
ACED 122
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING SKILLS
3 cr.
ACED 125
GROUP COUNSELING IN ADDICTIONS
3 cr.
ACED 132
INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING FAMILY MEMBERS
3 cr.
ACED 136
LAW AND ETHICS IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
3 cr.
ACED 137
ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL ILLNESS
3 cr.
ACED 138
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION IN THE COMMUNITY
3 cr.
ACED 160
PHARMACOLOGY OF DRUGS OF ABUSE
3 cr.
ACED 164
ADOLESCENT ADDICTION ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT
3 cr.
ACED 170
AIR- AND BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS
3 cr.
ACED 201
THEORIES OF COUNSELING *
3 cr.
ACED 202
MULTI-CULTURAL ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
3 cr.
ACED 203
CASE MANAGEMENT IN ADDICTION MEDICINE
3 cr.
ACED 205
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR ADDICTION COUNSEL
3 cr.
ACED 210
FIELD PLACEMENT I
1-6 cr.
and ACED 211
FIELD PLACEMENT II
1-6 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY **
5 cr.
Additional Major Area Electives

ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
or ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
HDEV coursework
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90
*For non-majors also.
**May count for both Human Relations or Social Science distribution.

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Understand and participate in addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge of patients and clients with addictions.
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Communicate effectively, accurately, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with diverse populations of clients, patients, colleagues, the public, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors when working with clients, patients, other professionals, and the public.
  • Successfully complete Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional exam.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Treat substance abuse clients in multiple settings including individual and group counseling situations.
Addiction Counselor Education (AA)
Students who earn Clark College's Associate in Arts degree qualify to transfer to most Washington colleges and universities with junior standing. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as soon as possible.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Oral Communication
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education
3 cr.
Humanities**
15 cr.
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
and
Additional credits from two other departments.
10 cr.
Natural Sciences
15 cr.
Must include a lab science
Major Area Requirements
ACED 101
SURVEY OF ADDICTIONOLOGY
3 cr.
or
HSSA&101
INTRO TO ADDICTIVE DRUGS
5 cr.
ACED 122
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING SKILLS
3 cr.
ACED 125
GROUP COUNSELING IN ADDICTIONS
3 cr.
ACED 136
LAW AND ETHICS IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
3 cr.
ACED 160
PHARMACOLOGY OF DRUGS OF ABUSE
3 cr.
ACED 201
THEORIES OF COUNSELING
3 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY *
5 cr.
Additional Specified Electives
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90-92
* For non-majors also.
**Select courses from at least two (2) subject areas for a minimum of fifteen (15) credits. You may include no more than 10 credits from any one subject area. A maximum of five (5) credits of “B” list coursework may be applied. A maximum of five (5) credits of 100-level world language can be applied.
Refer to the Degree and Certificate Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Understand and participate in addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge of patients and clients with addictions.
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Communicate effectively, accurately, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with diverse populations of clients, patients, colleagues, the public, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors when working with clients, patients, other professionals, and the public.
  • Successfully complete Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional exam.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Treat substance abuse clients in multiple settings including individual and group counseling situations.