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Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor

Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor

Purpose:  The Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor program is designed to fulfill the Virginia state educational requirements for the certification of substance abuse counselors.  To meet substance abuse counselor certification requirements, the applicant is expected to meet specific educational requirements including didactic and experiential learning with a supervised internship required.

The program is designed to be completed within one academic year and will serve as a specialization under the Human Services Program at Southwest Virginia Community College.  Effective June 30, 2003, applicants for Virginia’s CSAC must possess a Bachelor’s degree.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
ENG 111English Composition I303
HMS 121Basic Counseling Skills I303
HMS 141Group Dynamics303
HMS 251Substance Abuse303
HMS 266Counseling Psychology303
PSY 232Lifespan Human Development II303
SDV 100Orientation101
Second Semester
HMS 142Group Dynamics II303
HMS 145Effects of Psychoactive Drugs303
HMS 252Substance Abuse II303
HMS 258Case Management & Substance Abuse303
HMS 290*Coordinated Internship303
PSY 120**Human Relations303

Total Minimum Credits for the Certificate in Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor ... 37

*Students will be expected to complete AT LEAST three (3) semester hours of cooperative education to complete the program.  Students having equivalent experience have the option of submitting documentation of said experience for review for credit by experience.

**Students having comparable social science electives have the option of submitting documentation for review for course substitution.

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Administration of Justice & Human Services Path

Degree: Certificate
Program Code: 403-01
Program Length: 1 year – 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 37

– Program Degree Completion Plan 

Program Advisor
April Hess, 276.964.7209, Russell Hall Room 134