Addiction Counseling Technician Diploma Program
5/21/2020 NEW: Addiction Counseling now has a 100% online option.
03/2020: All programs have been converted to online. Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Stautzenberger College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling. Use your time wisely and enroll today. Start with our new online lectures, then complete the hands-on training when in-school classes resume.
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.
Why Choose Our College?
For over 90 years, Stautzenberger College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.
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 find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
All of us here at Stautzenberger College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
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 Excellence Ms. Jancsin is looking to hire our graduates that have completed this program and passed the exam for CDCA.
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Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Program length – 9 months
5/21/2020 NEW: Addiction Counseling now has a 100% online option.
For the on-campus program: 64% of the program can be taken online (learn more)
After you complete the Addiction Counseling Technician Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Healthcare Administration Associate Degree completion program. That's only 16 months total to get an associate degree.
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.
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.