At a Glance:

Walker: Pam Turner

Pam Turner, Program Director & Instructor of Social Work Assistance
Office: 6100a
Phone: 706-764-3863
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Public Service Technology, Social Work

Addictions Specialist (AS41)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Walker County Campus

Program Overview

The Addictions Specialist Certificate is a sequence of courses that prepares individuals to work with substances abusers in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and rehabilitation programs. The Certificate includes combination of coursework and hands-on experience through the Internship course. This will prepare students for entry-level positions in the substance abuse field and can be used toward the hours required for the Georgia Certified Addiction Counselor.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (21 hours)
A practical course in the how to of human service case management. Students will learn the step-by-step process of case management from the initial referral for services, determination of eligibility for services, writing a formal plan for services, case documentation techniques, and techniques for monitoring a clients progress through the service delivery system, to case closure/follow-up activities. This course will include how to access community resources, how to interpret and utilize information from other professionals, and the development of interviewing, intervention, case recording, and caseload management skills. Legal and ethical issues in service delivery will also be discussed.
This course looks at the social, political, physiological, and behavioral implications of alcohol/drug abuse. The course focuses on theories of drug and alcohol addiction stages, the dynamics and nature of psychoactive substances, theories/methods of substance abuse prevention, family dynamic models, co-dependency, and disease concepts.
This course provides an overview of multi-cultural and critical perspectives on understanding: individuals, families, and their interpersonal and group relationships; life span development; and theories of well-being, stress, coping, and adaptation. Students learn to address biopsychosocial influences on human functioning.
This course is offered as a beginning general foundation class and focuses on social work practice with individuals. It will emphasize the initial contact and rapport building skills utilized in partnering with clients in the social work process, interviewing skills and counseling techniques along with the assessment of a clients situation, and determination of the appropriate level of intervention for the change effort. Students will be expected to participate in interpersonal sharing and activities. Additional areas of study include: interviewing for assessment, the person in environment perspective, motivational interviewing, and ethical framework for practice.
This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of the knowledge and skills required to participate in and lead small groups in a variety of settings. The course emphasizes an experiential approach which will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in planning, facilitating, organizing, and evaluating the success of groups. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and application of group work theory, principles and practices of group counseling, stages of group development, group dynamics, and group leadership.
The field practicum is an educationally focused, guided field experience in which students engage in community-based practice with individuals, families, and/or communities. Students gain experience with various social work roles, such as advocate, broker, and counselor. Students learn to function as professional generalists social workers in an organizational setting, to demonstrate an understanding of and behavior consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics, and to increasingly assume professional responsibility. Special emphasis is placed on the identification of specific needs, the empowerment of diverse populations at the micro and mezzo levels, and a keen awareness of social justice issues. Students will be under the supervision of the Social Work program faculty and/or persons designated to coordinate work experience arrangements.