Addiction Counseling Technician Diploma Program
What is an Addiction Counseling Technician?
An Addiction Counseling Technician is someone who conducts individual therapy, provides emotional support and sets achievable goals for those suffering from substance abuse. They represent an extremely important role in the recovery process from alcohol and drug abuse and develop close ties with their patients as they navigate the various stages of addiction. Addiction Counseling Technicians are often called simply Addiction Counselors or Substance Abuse Counselors.
Anyone who knows someone with alcohol or drug addiction, knows the power these substances have over individuals. According to the Surgeon General, 1 in 7 individuals will suffer from substance addiction at some point in their life and an Addiction Counseling Technician is there every step of the way for those seeking to overcome their addiction.1
What Career Options Are Available In Addiction Counseling?
Addiction Counseling is a broad field with many different career paths. Some of these career options include becoming a Mental Health Technician for an Addiction Center or serving as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a hospital environment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they estimate a 23% increase in these positions between 2018 and 2028 in Ohio.2 Addiction counselors are in demand across the country at treatment clinics, detox centers, hospitals, sober residences, schools and correctional facilities and with each passing year, the need continues to grow.
This growing need is especially true in the Ohio area. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “In 2017, Ohio had the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States. There were 4,293 reported deaths—a rate of 39.2 deaths per 100,000 persons, compared to the average national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons.”3
How Do I Become An Addiction Counseling Technician?
Stautzenberger College offers a pathway for those interested in becoming Addiction Counselors. In as little as 9 months, students can earn their Addiction Counseling Technician Diploma and start their career in this important and rewarding field. The objectives of the Addiction Counseling Technician program are to provide students with an academic foundation for a career in addiction counseling services. The skills learned can be applied in many settings including residential and outpatient counseling programs, employee wellness programs and hospital detox facilities. The overall objective of this academic program of study is to provide the student with both the academic and practical skills required for employment in a variety of settings in the addiction counseling field. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for everyone (1) hour of lecture. Upon successful completion of this accredited program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students can seek or obtain entry level employment as an addiction counselor or in an addiction counselor related field.
The Stautzenberger Advantage:
We take a streamlined approach to education, with curricula focusing on developing a particular skillset and knowledge base for a career rather than receiving a general education. We focus on training you in jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete, have smaller class sizes, and the majority of the training is hands-on, which is an ideal environment for many types of learners. We offer on-campus, hybrid and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you more opportunities to well-paying jobs with room for growth and managerial potential.
We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help you find that perfect job. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
Ms. Bell stated that someone who had the background that this program will provide and was certified would be very desirable to hire.
Empowered for ExcellenceMs. Jancsin is looking to hire our graduates that have completed this program and passed the exam for CDCA.
Chief Clinical Officer
1https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/17/surgeon-genera... (visited December 23, 2019).
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors,
on the Internet at https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/21-1011.00 (visited January 9, 2020).
3Ohio Opioid Summary. (2019 March). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/opioid-summaries-by-state/ohio-opioid-summary.
Program length – 9 months
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:
• Learn and apply theories of addiction, substance assessment, and counseling techniques.
• Practice an understanding of diversity and tolerance for others. Apply ethics and boundary considerations when working and interacting with people in addiction counseling.
• Gain counseling skills including motivational interviewing.
• Understand the neurobiology of addiction, family addiction dynamics, and special population considerations in addiction counseling.
• Demonstrate knowledge of group process, case management, crisis intervention, trauma and recovery, and vocational rehabilitation.