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Gaston College Adds Degree Focusing On Substance Abuse Concentration PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:17
The Gaston College Human Services Technology program is introducing a new Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree track, Human Services Technology—Substance Abuse Concentration. Classes start in the fall 2018 semester, which begins on August 20. 
The 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 will include classroom and experiential activities oriented toward an overview of chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, 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, and Consultation with Other Professionals), intervention techniques with individuals in groups, and follow-up activities with recovering clients.
Graduates of the program 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 Substance Abuse Board.
“The Gaston College Human Services Technology Program is offering the new Substance Abuse Concentration A.A.S. degree in response to the N.C. substance abuse treatment provider shortage, the current opioid epidemic, and requests from the community of service providers and people interested in helping those who struggle with addiction,” said Ann Elliott, Department Chair of Human Services and Early Childhood Education.
Classes meet on the Gaston College Kimbrell campus in Belmont, N.C. For more information about the Human Services Technology program and the Substance Abuse Concentration, contact Ann Elliott at 704-922-2382 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.gaston.edu/health-human-services/human-services-technology.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:24
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