New: Drug & Alcohol Certification

By JAMES O’HAGAN

Staff Writer

“Counseling is about facilitating clients about empowering them so they can go on to take control over their own lives. A good counselor does not force clients into admitting anything.” As, stated in “Counseling for Alcohol Problems” article in the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education.

For students looking to work  in the field of social services, CCCNJ has added a new certificate program to its catalog. The following is a Q&A with Jan Hanselman, one the founders of the program.

 

Q: Please give students a quick rundown of the program

 

A: In today’s society there is a growing vital need for compassionate counselors specializing in the field of alcohol and drugs.  The program enhances your natural ability to interact with others, and that capacity is refined into a valuable skill with rewarding professional opportunities.  You’ll receive the practical and theoretical education necessary for success, professionally or at a four-year college.

The New Jersey Department of Labor Workforce Development, Labor Market Demand Occupation list on Substance Abuse Counseling indicates a growing employment demand in the field of alcohol and drug counseling.  The future trend indicates increase in this field of counseling.

 

Q: What can students expect when they finish the program?

 

A: Certificate programs provide specific career skills development as well as the opportunity to test an area of interest, or enhance a degree program.  Students who complete a certificate program can continue to obtain a degree.  Graduates will be able to pursue a certificate in alcohol and drug counseling in the state of New Jersey with the completion of fieldwork hours. 

The number of fieldwork hours required is two years 3000 hours in an approved agency under supervision of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.  Once approved, an oral and written examination will follow through the State Certification Board.  Graduates of the program may also further their education with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

 

Q: What job placement opportunities are available with this certification?

 

A: From 2009 to 2010 the employment rate doubled in the field of alcohol and drug counseling.  From 2010 to 2011 it doubled again.  With a CADC counselors will need to work under a LCADC.

 

Q: What is level of community involvement or affiliations?

 

A: The community involvement would be through agencies/prisons/rehabilitation centers, etc.  which would allow CCC students to participate though their internships.

 

Q: How long does the program take to complete?

 

A: The program involves 11 courses however long the student needs to complete the program plus an additional 3000 hours/2years of interning under a state approved supervisor that is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC). 

 

Q: Are any credits transferable?

 

A: All the credits are transferable depending if the course fits the major the student is pursuing.

 

Q: How long has this program been in the works?

 

A: The program was approved by the state in the winter of 2011 and approved by Academic Council January of this year.

 

Q: Is there anyone else involved in the program, instructors, outside agencies?

 

A: I am in the process of writing a letter to possible agencies that would allow students to do their fieldwork (90 hours) and hopefully for the agency to be a stepping-stone for the continuation of their internship (3000 hours).

 

Q: What is the estimated base salary for employment gained through gaining this cert?

 

A: Several have crossed my desk for placement of interns (not yet having their certification) starting at over $30,000.00 annually.  CADC’s are in demand, it is one area where the unemployment rate is literally zero.

 

Q: Will this program be incorporated into a full degree in the future?

 

A: That is a possibility it is under review.

 

According to a Science World article “The Truth About “Rehab” and Drug Addiction”, “Whether at a residential treatment center or an outpatient program, behavioral therapy can play a major role in helping a person manage his or her drug addiction.”

For more info email Jan Hanselman at jhanselman@cccnj.edu.

 
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