Jul 21, 2024  
2021-22 Gaston College Catalog 

Human Services Technology Substance Abuse, A.A.S. (A4538E)

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The Human Services/Substance Abuse concentration prepares students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and pursuit of four-year degrees.

Course work includes classroom and experiential activities oriented toward an overview of chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, the twelve Core Functions, intervention techniques with individuals in groups, and follow-up activities with recovering clients.

Graduates should qualify for positions as substance abuse counselors, DUI counselors, halfway house workers, residential facility employees, and substance education specialists.  With educational and clinical experiences, graduates can obtain certification by the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Analyze experiential learning in small groups and identify and explain the interactions of group members in group settings.
  2. Perform basic interviewing skills needed to function in a helping relationship using the Microskills Model.
  3. Demonstrate performance of counseling techniques.
  4. Assess crisis situations and respond with the appropriate differential techniques applicable to various crisis situations.
  5. Apply multicultural competence in service delivery.
  6. Apply the Ethical Principles of Conduct for a Substance Abuse Professional.
  7. Demonstrate competence in each of the 12 Core Functions of a Substance Abuse Professional:
  • Screening
  • Intake
  • Orientation
  • Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Client Education
  • Referrals
  • Report and Record Keeping
  • Consultation with Other Professionals

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. HSE 112 , PSY 150  
  2. HSE 110 , SAB 110  

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to this program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for General Admission to the College. In addition, students will need to demonstrate college readiness for English and math as exhibited through the college placement test, a placement test waiver, or completion of the acceptable coursework. Your academic advisor will be able to assist you in determining your college readiness. 

Lab/Clinical Fee

Level 1: $6 per lab hour for Art, Business, Health, Languages, and Math
Level 2: $12 per lab hour for Computer Information, and Natural Sciences
Level 3: $18 per lab hour for Engineering and Industrial, Central Sterile Processing, Health & Fitness Science/Physical Education, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technology, and Nurse Aide
Level 4: $24 per lab hour for Cosmetology, Esthetics, Veterinary Medical Technology, Practical Nursing, EMS, Associate Degree Nursing, and Health Information Technology
Malpractice Insurance (required for nursing and allied health services programs students): $13 per year

Total Credit Hours: 15

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Total Credit Hours: 12

Total Program Hours: 70


*HSE 112 is an 8 week - first session prerequisite course for SAB 220.  SAB 220 is an 8 week - second session course.

To be eligible for WBL 111 and WBL 115, students must be planning to graduate within the next two semesters; register with the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board​ prior; recommended for placement by the Human Services Technology faculty, and have completed the following nine courses: HSE 110, HSE 112, HSE 123, HSE 225, PSY 150, SAB 110, SAB 135, SAB 210, and SAB 220, or receive Departmental approval to substitute course(s).

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