2019-2020 Catalog

Addiction Recovery Assistant (Certificate)

Program Advisor: Kari Dupuis, PhD, LICSW

413-236-4506 • kdupuis@berkshirecc.edu

The Addiction Recovery Assistant (ARA) certificate prepares Human Service or other helping professionals for entry-level work in the substance use field. Graduates of this program will be trained to offer the following entry-level supervised sub- stance use services: Individual and group counseling; assessment; case planning; client services support; documentation; and community service outreach and referrals for individuals and families.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the ARA certificate will be based on an open enrollment basis. Students who enroll in the certificate must fill out a college application and have a high school transcript (or equivalent).

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research, trends and success rates in substance use treatment by successful completion of weekly quizzes and tests.
  • Show enhanced understanding of individual, group and family substance use treatment options by completion of classroom small group activities and written assignments.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, and computer research proficiency through participation in weekly class activities and computer research presentation at the BCC library.
  • Understand and apply the stages of the substance use interview and counseling process as shown by successful completion of weekly class role plays and written assignments.
  • Learn and demonstrate basic substance use individual and group counseling skills through successful completion of weekly class role plays, self-reflection classroom exercises and field practicum experience.
  • Show enhanced understanding of effective counseling techniques for problematic substance use interviews (man- dated clients, anger, resistance, dual diagnosis) by successful completion of weekly class activities, quizzes and tests.
  • Demonstrate the importance of client confidentiality and record keeping through participation in the Field Practicum.
  • Develop an appreciation of how a client’s age, race/ethnicity, class, physical and mental status and/or gender can potentially influence the substance use counseling process shown by successful completion of written assignments, classroom activities and field practicum experience.
  • Demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical issues in the substance use counseling profession, and follow the ethical standards for human services professionals as recommended by the National Organization of Human Services.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete all program credits and the Additional Requirements, shown below.

Program

CRJ-108Substance Abuse Education

3

ENG-101Composition I

3

HSV-111Human Service Methods

3

HSV-135Intro to Community Resources

3

HSV-151Field Work Seminar I

1

HSV-161Field Practicum I

2

HSV-210Addiction Counseling

3

HSV-225Addiction Treatment Modalities

3

PSY-107Introductory Psychology

3

PSY-208Interviewing and Counseling

3

Total Credit Hours:27

Additional Requirements

Demonstrated College Level Skills in Reading and Writing

Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall 2.000
Minimum Cumulative Average in Program 2.000

Suggested Pathway to Graduation

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in one year. The actual time needed to complete the program may vary according to each student’s individual needs.

First Semester

CRJ-108Substance Abuse Education

3

ENG-101Composition I

3

HSV-111Human Service Methods

3

HSV-135Intro to Community Resources

3

PSY-107Introductory Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

HSV-151Field Work Seminar I

1

HSV-161Field Practicum I

2

HSV-210Addiction Counseling

3

HSV-225Addiction Treatment Modalities

3

PSY-208Interviewing and Counseling

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Gainful Employment Disclosure 2019

Below you'll find program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates, and jobs associated with this program.

Program Name: Addiction Recovery Assistant Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in: one (1) year.

Costs for this program if completed within normal timeframe:

  • $6,161 in-state tuition and fees
  • $6,512 New England/New York resident tuition and fees
  • $12,479 out-of-state tuition and fees
  • $1,350 estimated books and supplies
  • $1,728 estimated transportation

There may be additional costs to consider such as reduced income if you will be cutting back on work hours, child care, room, board, and general living expenses while enrolled.

Loan debt of the typical graduate of this program: As fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time, median indebtedness is being withheld to preserve their confidentiality.

Program meets licensure requirements in Massachusetts.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions, please see: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Notes

Berkshire Community College seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. Therefore, to the extent practicable, the College will endeavor to make a reasonable academic adjustment for an applicant with a disability who is otherwise qualified.

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