Alcohol and drug abuse professionals provide prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery management services; including screening, treatment planning, counseling, education, referral, and consultation in the public and private sector.
Persons seeking alcohol and drug abuse training or licensure who are enrolled in other degree programs, or have already earned an appropriate undergraduate or graduate degree, may earn a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies; or may take selected courses for Continuing Education.
This program is designed to prepare students for competencies, internship or employment in the alcoholism and drug abuse field. Fulfillment of the course requirements satisfies the specialized training requirements for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Associate (LSAA) or Counselor Licensure (LADAC) in New Mexico. Licensure also requires a minimum of an Associates Degree and specified supervised experience hours beyond these training requirements. Interested persons should consult the NM Counseling & Therapy Practice Board (575)476-7102 for the latest rules and regulations. In addition, all courses are approved for Continuing Education by the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.
Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies
HS 202 (3 Credit Hours) Available ONLINE
INTRODUCTION TO ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE STUDIES
This course provides a broad overview of the field, including issues of alcohol and other drugs in history and society; definitions and prevalence of alcohol and drug use, misuse, and addiction; major theoretical perspectives on the causes and remedies of substance abuse; major landmarks in alcohol and drug social policy; and the development and evolution of the alcohol and drug abuse counseling field.
HS 203 (3 Credit Hours)
BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE
A comprehensive survey of the contributions of biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines to the understanding of substance use disorders and addictive disease. Research is presented from genetics, neurochemistry, learning theory, socialization, and cultural views of addiction and recovery.
HS 204 (3 Credit Hours) Available ONLINE
PRINCIPLES OF PREVENTION AND RESEARCH IN ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE
This course provides a broad overview of the methods and effectiveness of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention efforts. Emphasis is given to research supported strategies directed to individuals, communities and special populations. Prevention is examined from both risk factor and protective factor perspectives.
HS 205 (3 Credit Hours)
PRINCIPLES OF TREATMENT & RECOVERY IN ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE
This course defines the legal and ethical scope of practice for alcohol and drug counselors; surveys the research support for the effectiveness of alcohol and drug abuse treatments; provides an understanding of the processes of change, relapse, and recovery; and imparts skills in self-help facilitation, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and motivational interviewing approaches in individual counseling.
HS 206 (3 Credit Hours) Available ONLINE
ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING WITH FAMILIES & GROUPS
This course emphasizes the techniques and skills required for counseling with families and groups, including systems theory, family intervention, employee assistance practice, and group processes.
HS 207 (3 Credit Hours) Available ONLINE
ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING WITH SPECIAL POPULATIONS
This course emphasizes the techniques and skills required for counseling with special populations including women, minorities, youth, and persons with co-occurring physical and mental disabilities and disorders.