In accordance with the Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework for the AS degree in Human Services: The ADDICTION STUDIES certificate program is part of the Human Services AS/AAS degree program.
A College Credit Certificate consists of a program of instruction of less than sixty (60) credits of college-level courses, which is part of an AS or AAS degree program and prepares students for entry into employment.
This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Human Services career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Human Services career cluster.
This program is designed to prepare students for employment as clinical specialists, human services practitioners, chemical dependency practitioners, addictions specialists, substance abuse counselors, and social services practitioners or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed these occupations.
The Addiction Studies Program College Credit Certificate will provide a quicker and less intensive route for practitioners in the field to obtain their certification in addictions (CAP) provided by the Florida Certification Board.
The content includes, but is not limited to, personal awareness, history and present status of addictions/mental health/human services movement, interdisciplinary addiction professional roles and functions, human growth and development, adaptive and maladaptive patterns of behavior, case management, various treatment modalities, and therapeutic interventions, interpersonal communications, assessment, evaluation, working knowledge of DSM diagnostic criteria, etiology of addictions, psychopharmacology, pharmacology of abused substances, information management, employability skills, health and safety, including CPR, universal precautions and AIDS training.
This certificate focuses on teaching broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the human services profession, with an emphasis on addictions. In addition, the College Credit Certificate will provide a vital workforce development initiative to aid students and community agencies in obtaining certification, with corresponding increases in salary and employment.
The Human Services Program AS degree is not currently accredited by The Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE); however, students will be eligible to sit for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner(HS-BCP™) examination after the completion of the AS program and 3 years of work experience with a minimum of 4,500 hours.
Students must meet the college admissions requirements. No additional application process is required for the Human Services Program.