Courses & Programs

Addiction Studies Certificate

Allison Hrovat

Faculty, Human Services

Social Sciences

Donahue 261

413.552.2381 (Tel)


what will you learn?

The Addiction Studies Certificate has been developed in alignment with the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselors Certification (MBSACC) requirements for the educational portion of the Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) certificate. Courses reflect the educational portion of the state certification requirements solely; additional requirements, including documented supervised hours of practice, may be needed in order to complete the CAC certification process. For specific information, please contact the MBSACC.

what will you do?

Continue your education or enter the workforce! Career options include:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Outpatient Management
  • Program Development and Evaluation

Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

24 total credits

21 credits program requirements + 3 credits electives

Depending on course selection, approximately 80% of this program can be completed online.


program requirements

21 CREDITS
An orientation to human services. Particular emphasis on motivation for working in human services, personal attitudes and values, consumer empowerment, inclusion, and multicultural issues. Also includes a history of human services, an overview of the American human services systems, and an introduction to local human service agencies. There is a required Community Service Learning component. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
An introduction to support systems that assist people with recovery from substance abuse and dependence. Theories of addiction will be highlighted in reference to issues in treatment, relapse, and prevention. Emphasis will be placed on understanding modalities of treatment and care for diverse populations affected by substance abuse issues. Relevant state and federal legislation and the role of culture will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENG 101
This course helps the student develop the knowledge, skills and personal characteristics that are critical for an effective helping relationship. Students will explore helper attitudes and values, increase awareness of themselves and others, and develop active listening, empowerment, case management, and crisis intervention skills. Course material is built upon research about human behavior, life stage theory, intervention strategies and strength-based practice. Prerequisite: HSV 113 and PSY 110
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion, and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes; and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
This courses introduces concepts relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse, including the disease concept; the effect of alcohol and other drugs on the body; medical complications; the effect of substance abuse problems on the family and others; and special issues related to populations such as adolescents, individuals at risk for suicide, women, the elderly, and individuals with a dual diagnosis. Same as HSV 208. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or SOC 110
This course introduces concepts relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse, including the disease concept; the effect of alcohol and other drugs on the body; medical complications; the effect of substance abuse problems on the family and others; and special issues related to populations such as adolescents, individuals at risk for suicide, women, the elderly, and individuals with a dual diagnosis. Same as SOC 208. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or SOC 110
This course facilitates students' understanding of ethical dilemmas and problem-solving frameworks related to the professional conduct in the helping professions. In addition to presenting the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) Ethical Code of Conduct, and Code of Ethics from other professional organizations as a guide, students will apply professional standards in Human Services. Prerequisites: HSV 113
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn theoretical frameworks and techniques for assisting individuals with addiction issues. Students will gain an awareness of societal, social and inter-cultural contexts of the historical approaches to addiction counseling. Students will develop knowledge of the range and nature of treatment modalities currently used in substance abuse counseling. Through the use of role-play, case studies and videos, students will develop a personal style of interaction to support individuals with addiction issues. Prerequisites: HSV 120, and HSV 124, previously or concurrently.

electives

3 CREDITS
This course serves as an exploration, inquiry and analysis of the complexities of cultural diversity in the United States. While cultural diversity in the U.S. tends to focus on ethnic and racial minorities, this class will not be limited to such a narrow definition and instead will discuss various forms of difference including race, class, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation and religion. This class will discuss the racial experience in America by learning about the heritage of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans in relation to the historically dominant group, whites. Acknowledging that a class on diversity is about understanding the various forms of difference outside of race {for example, social class, religion, gender, age, ability and sexual orientation} that exist and are often ignored and/or downplayed. We will also identify how socially constructed markers of difference have been organized in U.S. society. This multilayered analysis will allow students to also explore their differences and the role of contemporary discussions of difference in defining their lives.Prerequisite: None
Child, partner, and elder abuse will be examined from human services, historical, psychological, cross-cultural, legal, and sociological perspectives. The extent, types, and causes of family violence will be analyzed. Prevention and intervention strategies necessary for those working with adults and children who may be affected by violence within the home will be covered.Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
Emphasizes development of group membership skills necessary for professional practice. Through group exercises students experience concepts being studied and are given the opportunity to develop basic skills in observing and understanding human behavior, including their own, in a group context. Basic concepts in group dynamics such as cohesion, interactional patterns, roles and responsibilities within a group, norms, status, group culture, and content vs. process will be discussed. In addition, the various stages of group development and the tasks involved in each will be introduced. An understanding of the leader's role in creating a facilitating environment during the different stages of group development will also be discussed. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 110(Same as COM 212)
Emphasizes development of group membership skills necessary for professional practice. Through group exercises students experience concepts being studied and are given the opportunity to develop basic skills in observing and understanding human behavior, including their own, in a group context. Basic concepts in group dynamics such as cohesion, interactional patterns, roles and responsibilities within a group, norms, status, group culture, and content vs. process will be discussed. In addition, the various stages of group development and the tasks involved in each will be introduced. An understanding of the leader's role in creating a facilitating environment during the different stages of group development will also be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 110 or SOC 110 (Same as HSV 212)
A study of human development with emphasis on the broad physical, maturational, and behavioral changes occurring throughout the life span and the factors and conditions that influence these changes. Prerequisite: PSY 110
Psychological disorders, including mood, anxiety, neurodevelopmental, obsessive-compulsive, trauma and stressor-related, somatic, dissociative, psychotic, and personality disorders. Major theoretical perspectives, causes, symptoms, treatments, cultural considerations, and experiences of people with disorders will be discussed.Prerequisite: PSY 110


CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks may be required prior to field work and will be conducted by specific agencies in accordance with state regulations. CORI and SORI results are confidential.