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Catalog 2014-2015 
Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Substance Abuse Services +

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This certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the field of substance abuse, and prepares students to take the Apprentice Addiction Professional (AAP) exam. Students may also use the certificate to enhance degrees in related fields such as Human Services, Social Work, or Criminal Justice.

Credits earned in the Substance Abuse Services certificate represent 156 hours of substance abuse theory and practice curriculum and 78 hours of skills, theories, and practice of counseling curriculum that may be applied to the educational training component of both the Apprentice Addiction Professional (AAP) Certification and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ADC) Certification in the State of Vermont.  However, certification in the field will require additional education credits, experience, and examinations beyond the Substance Abuse Services certificate. Students should consult the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board for further information.

+This program can be completed fully online.

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Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Substance Abuse Services certificate will be able to:

  • understand the range of services that substance abuse professionals provide and identify theories and models of practice in relation to prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery;
  • describe chemical dependency and its consequences for individual, family and social systems, and co-occurring issues such as mental health, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, and delinquency;
  • practice effective observation, interpersonal communication and group facilitation techniques, and demonstrate appropriate ethical practices when working with diverse clients;
  • complete Vermont state examination for Apprentice Addiction Professional (AAP) certification with a passing score; and
  • explore pathways for educational and career development in student’s field of study.



Total credits: 30

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