Course DescriptionThis introductory course provides an overview of evidence-based counseling skills referencing guidelines set forth by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) and The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). These counseling skills include: the 12 Core Functions of Substance Abuse Counselors and the Addiction Counseling Competencies outlined in TAP 21. Students outline the 12 Core Functions and discuss how they apply to clients entering substance use disorder treatment. Students are introduced to counseling and case management skills by using bio-psychosocial and multi-axial assessments as well as developing treatment plans based on case studies. Evidence-based treatment modalities will be discussed. Ethical and Legal Considerations will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the certification requirements of professional organizations including the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Students will also identify community resources that will be useful when working with clients during their internship. The course discusses traditional treatment programs, agency programs, professional diversion programs, sober living, and extended care programs as possible placement sites. Other topics include: community resources, basic treatment planning, case management and social assessment, crisis intervention, counseling the suicidal client, and substance misuse and sexuality.