Associate of Applied Science with a Concentration in Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counseling

Degree Plan

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.

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Dr. Dixon Boyles
Dean of Business and Social Sciences

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counseling Course Descriptions

DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction

Psychological, physiological, and sociological effects of mood altering substances and behaviors and their implications for the addiction process are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the pharmacological effects of tolerance, dependency/withdrawal, cross addiction, and drug interaction.

DAAC 1317 Basic Counseling Skills

This course is designed to facilitate development of the basic communication skills necessary to develop an effective helping relationship with clients. Includes 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.

DAAC 1319 Introduction to Alcohol & Other Drug Addictions

Causes and consequences of addiction as they relate to the individual, family, community, and society are discussed. Response alternatives regarding intervention, treatment, education, and prevention are reviewed. Competencies and requirements for licensure in Texas are explained. Addiction issues related to diverse populations are presented.

DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling

Identify issues of confidentiality and ethics and their application to the group process; describe group leadership styles; demonstrate group management skills; and define and use terminology related to the group process; differentiate between types of groups; describe the basic stages of the group process; and cite examples of client documentation and use of record-keeping skills. DAAC 1317 & 1319 prerequisite.

DAAC 2466 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counseling

Practical general training and experiences in the workplace. The college, with the employer, develops and documents an individualized plan for the student. The plan relates the workplace training and experiences to the student’s general and technical course of study. The guided external experiences may be paid or unpaid. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. Admission to this course requires proof of a passing score on the reading portion of the TSI test. Prerequisite: This course may not be taken until all DAAC courses are completed except with special permission from the instructor.

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

A study of the basic principles in psychology bearing on growth, motivation, learning, drives, emotions and similar aspects of human behavior. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development

The study will concern the physical, mental, and emotional characteristics of the individual from conception throughout the lifespan. Specific topics will include: basic theories and research in developmental psychology; parent-child relationships; identification, peer relations; self-concepts; language learning, perceptual and cognitive development. Course will give special focus to crises which occur as persons live out their lives.

PSYC 2315 Psychology of Adjustment

This course is a presentation of psychological principles which are fundamental to personal and social adjustment.

SCWK 1303 Ethics for Social Service Professionals

Ethical considerations based on social and human services standards. Includes comparison of ethical codes, confidentiality, dual relationships, guidelines for web counseling, ethical considerations dealing with broadcast media, diversity and multiculturalism.

SCWK 2301 Assessment and Case Management

Exploration of procedures to identify and evaluate an individual’s and/or family’s strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs in order to develop an effective plan of action. Topics include oral and written communications essential for assessment, screening, intervention, client information, and referral.

Core Courses

Several courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core