This Degree is designed for students who wish to fulfill the education requirements for certification as Substance Use Disorder Professionals through the Department of Health in Washington State (WAC 246-811-030).
Olympic College has not made a determination that the Substance Use Disorder curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.
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Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
- Understand addiction and the ways it affects individuals throughout the life course.
- Apply key principles in developmental and abnormal psychology to the experiences of chemically dependent and addicted patients.
- Understand the pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs.
- Demonstrate familiarity with substance abuse and addiction treatment methods, addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge criteria (including American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria).
- Be effective in treatment planning, case management referral, use of community resources, and service coordination.
- Effectively utilize the techniques used in individual counseling; group counseling; and counseling for families, couples and significant others who are affected by chemical dependency.
- Develop an understanding of effective drug and alcohol prevention and relapse prevention programs as well as local client, family and community drug prevention education opportunities.
- Successful completion of 4-hour HIV/AIDS risk-intervention training for the chemically dependent.
- Effectively communicate orally and in writing in ways that minimize conflict and maximize clarity with diverse people.
- Work collaboratively with others (family members/agency representatives) to solve problems and resolve conflicts.
- Access and use a variety of resources and services that match the needs of the individual or family.
- Coach and mentor others. Others include co-workers, colleagues, and family members.
- Behave professionally and ethically which includes being respectful, reliable, culturally sensitive, respecting a client’s personal boundaries, the rules of confidentiality, and adhering to mandatory reporting laws.