Examine content, models, theories, and research relevant to chemical dependency, its prevention and treatment, and helping those with problems associated with chemical dependency.
Upon completion of a total of 18 undergraduate credits in the program, which also equates to 270 Pennsylvania Certification Board hours, students are awarded a certificate from Penn State. This program can lead to an industry-recognized certification as an addiction counselor through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). To learn more about the requirements for certification, go to the PCB website.
Drugs, Behavior, and Health (BBH 143)
Health aspects of use and abuse of licit and illicit drugs and related social problems and prevention. Designed for non-BBH majors.
Introduction to Counseling as a Profession (RHS 301)
Overview of the counseling theories that are often used in human service and rehabilitation practices.
Group Procedures in Guidance and Counseling
(RHS 303 or CN ED 404)
The nature and functioning of groups in educational and agency settings. Provides prospective counselors with experience in the group process.
Prerequisite: 6 credits in counselor education; 6 credits in psychology, sociology, or individual and family studies
Foundations of Chemical Dependency Counseling (CN ED 401)
Overview of diagnosis and assessment; models for chemical dependency prevention, counseling, and recovery; and contexts of chemical dependency treatment.
Counseling Strategies for Preventing Chemical Dependency
(CN ED 421)
The helping professional’s role in primary and secondary prevention of substance abuse and related problems like delinquency, suicide, and pregnancy.
Interpersonal Relationships and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Dependency (CN ED 416)
Examines families with chemically dependent members, dynamics, appropriate interventions, and treatment
Prerequisite: CN ED 401 or RHS 301
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