Course Syllabus

ADC420: Addiction Counseling Practicum

Instructor & Contact Information

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Course Description

This is a practice-based course in which students will apply the concepts learned throughout the degree program by participating in an internship. The primary course objective is to serve as a means of practicing skills and applying theoretical learning in a clinical position. When applicable the course is customized to meet the requirements of the certification board in the student's state. Attention is also given to personal and professional growth in preparation for serving in a counseling role.

Site Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to secure a site through which they may complete the required internship hours and a clinical supervisor that meets the requirements in their state to provide clinical supervision. Learn more about certification requirements in the various states.

Note: Because the goal of this practicum is to align with the requirements for certification in the states in which they reside, the practicum hours may be modified to conform with their requirements. 

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Analyze the Core Counseling Competencies for addiction professionals and practice each in the work setting.
  2. Gain practical experience working in a clinical setting and receiving clinical supervision.
  3. Reflect on your experience in a journal, receiving supervisor feedback.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in the TAP 21 Eight Practice Dimensions and Twelve Core Functions of Addiction Counseling in a supervised setting.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. After completing the program, City Vision’s graduates will be able to do the following:

  1. Christian Integration. Integrate Christian principles and counseling theories in an ethical manner in both Christian and secular counseling environments.
  2. Certification Exam Prep. Identify the key concepts needed to take a licensure exam either to apply to be a peer support specialist or certified addiction counselor.
  3. Case Management. Develop case management plans to help clients identify areas where they need help and connecting them with personal and community resources that will help them.
  4. Chemical Dependency. Describe foundational concepts of chemical dependency including a range of psychoactive drugs and how they work.
  5. Psychology. Describe the foundational concepts of psychology and apply that in both Christian and secular counseling environments.
  6. Clinical Counseling Skills. Utilize foundational skills for clinical addiction counseling.
  7. Multicultural Counseling. Utilize effective methods to counsel diverse clients in both Christian and secular counseling environments.
  8. Specialized Skills. Apply knowledge and skills in specialized domains related to Addiction Counseling.

As a Practicum course, this course is intended to be a practical synthesis across these outcomes.

Required Texts

Students are required to have these texts before the first day of classes. 

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

Note: These policies are critical for all students to read. In case of change, we have linked to the versions on our website to make sure you have the latest version.

This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: January 20, 2023

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