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Addiction Recovery Assistant Certificate Program

Program Advisor: Dr. Kari Dupuis, LICSW

The Addiction Recovery Assistant (ARA) certificate prepares Human Service or other helping professionals for entry-level work in the substance use field. Graduates of this program will be trained to offer the following entry-level supervised substance use services: Individual and group counseling; assessment; case planning; client services support; documentation; and community service outreach and referrals for individuals and families. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the ARA certificate will be based on an open enrollment basis. Students who enroll in the certificate must fill out a college application and have a high school transcript (or equivalent).

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research, trends and success rates in substance use treatment by successful completion of weekly quizzes and tests.
  • Show enhanced understanding of individual, group and family substance use treatment options by completion of classroom small group activities and written assignments.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, and computer research proficiency through participation in weekly class activities and computer research presentation at the BCC library.
  • Understand and apply the stages of the substance use interview and counseling process as shown by successful completion of weekly class role plays and written assignments.
  • Learn and demonstrate basic substance use individual and group counseling skills through successful completion of weekly class role plays, self-reflection classroom exercises and field practicum experience.
  • Show enhanced understanding of effective counseling techniques for problematic substance use interviews (mandated clients, anger, resistance, dual diagnosis) by successful completion of weekly class activities, quizzes and tests.
  • Demonstrate the importance of client confidentiality and record keeping through participation in the Field Practicum.
  • Develop an appreciation of how a client’s age, race/ethnicity, class, physical and mental status and/or gender can potentially influence the substance use counseling process shown by successful completion of written assignments, classroom activities and field practicum experience.
  • Demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical issues in the substance use counseling profession, and follow the ethical standards for human services professionals as recommended by the National Organization of Human Services.

For information about typical program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates, and jobs associated with this program, read the Gainful Employment Disclosure

Graduation Requirements

To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program credits and the additional requirements shown below. 

Program   27 Credits

CRJ-108 Substance Abuse Education

3

ENG-101 Composition I

3

HSV-111 Introduction to Human Services

3

HSV-135 Community Resources

3

HSV-151 Field Work Seminar I

1

HSV-161 Field Work Practicum I

2

HSV-210 Addiction Counseling

3

HSV-225 Addiction Treatment Modalities

3

PSY-107 Introductory Psychology

3

PSY-208 Interviewing & Counseling

3
Additional As Shown
Demonstrated College-Level Skills in Reading and Writing  
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.000
Minimum Cumulative Average in Program 2.000

Suggested Block for Program Completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in one year. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 15 Credits

CRJ-108 Substance Abuse Education

3

ENG-101 Composition I

3

HSV-111 Introduction to Human Services

3

HSV-135 Community Resources

3

PSY-107 Introductory Psychology

3
Second Semester 12 Credits

HSV-151 Field Work Seminar I

1

HSV-161 Field Work Practicum I

2

HSV-210 Addiction Counseling

3

HSV-225 Addiction Treatment Modalities

3

PSY-208 Interviewing & Counseling

Note: Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in fieldwork agencies. See Criminal Offender Record Information Checks for details.