Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling Certificate
The Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling Certificate of Completion prepares individuals to work with substance abusers in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and rehabilitation programs. The curriculum encompasses two semesters, i.e., a one year program. During the second semester of the program, students enroll in Internship and will be placed at a substance abuse agency consistent with their area of interest. Admission to Internship requires student completion of the first semester curriculum in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling and approval of the Social Work faculty. The Internship course involves working a minimum of 15 hours per week at a substance abuse agency and attending a weekly one hour seminar class.
The Certificate of Completion in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling combination of coursework and hands on experience through the Internship course will prepare you for entry-level positions in the substance abuse field. The Certificate Program also offers a basis for entry into academic areas offering two year, four year, and graduate degrees such as Social Work, Psychology or Social Psychology, Human Services, Education, and Counseling. The local universities accept either most or a substantial number of the academic credits from El Paso Community College Certificate of Completion in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling. Students should research transferability of credits from EPCC to the local universities prior to taking classes at El Paso Community College.
Completion of the Certificate of Completion in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling will help prepare students for licensure as Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in the State of Texas. These requirements include required coursework, a 300 hour Practicum (Internship), work experience hours at a drug\alcohol abuse agency, and passing the written exam given by the state agency that administers the LCDC license. Students completing the Certificate of Completion in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling will be eligible to receive licensure as Counselor Interns prior to completing all of the requirements for the LCDC license. Students should contact the appropriate state agency for current information about licensure as Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. www.dshs.state.tx.us\lcdc\ . The capstone course for the Certificate of Completion in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling is SCWK 2487, Internship-Social Work II.