Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Substance Abuse Counseling, AA

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Due to changing educational requirements at the state level for licensed addiction counselors, this course of study is subject to change. Students should work closely with an advisor to determine their course of study.

This program provides the student with the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of addiction and is designed to meet the academic requirement for the State of Montana’s Licensed Addiction Counselor.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will

  • Understand addiction

Understand a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance abuse.

Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the user and significant others.

  • Understand treatment

Describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems.

Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.

  • Apply knowledge

Understand the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.

Provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.

  • Demonstrate professionalism

Understand the importance of self-awareness in one’s personal, professional, and cultural life.

Understand the addiction professionals’ obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.


Required Courses

First Year

Second Year

First Semester Total: 16

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 17

Second Year Total: 33

Total Credits: 66

Recommend for “H” requirement: PHL 110  and SPNS 101 .

2 Recommend for “B” requirement: ECNS 101  or PSCI 210 .

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Recommended electives as course loads and time permit:

Students receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits should check with the Financial Aid Office before registering for recommended courses.

Program Information

  • After graduating with this option, the student must complete 1,000 hours of supervised work experience in a state-licensed substance abuse program in order to apply for the Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor’s test. This requirement is subject to change.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact an advisor.

Academic Advisor Faculty Advisor
Jori Bullemer Carlin Phillips
LRC 129 BSS 124
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-3886
jbullemer@fvcc.edu cphillips@fvcc.edu


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