This degree provides opportunities for students interested in obtaining knowledge and skills specific to working with people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders and other behavior problems, with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Students acquire knowledge of current strategies to serve individuals, families, communities, plus educational, legal and geopolitical systems experiencing problems related to a wide variety of addictions and behavior disorders.
Through this program students will learn individual, family and group counseling techniques, as well as assessment, treatment planning, prevention and other topics related to addiction. Students also acquire knowledge of aftercare support to respond to addiction which is the number one public health issue in the U.S. today, according to the National Association for Addiction Professionals. With this degree, students have the educational foundation to successfully meet the growing demand for professionals as addiction services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.
Human service professionals with an Addictions Option A.A.S. degree provide treatment and support to help people recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors. They also teach families to develop coping strategies for addiction or behavior disorders; refer clients to resources including job placement and support groups; and conduct outreach programs to identify the signs of destructive behavior, as well as how to avoid such behavior.
People interested in this program should enjoy working with people. They should possess good verbal and oral communications and problem-solving skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of addiction professionals will grow by nearly 31 percent through 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook
SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in substance abuse services are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: alcoholism education counselor, alcohol and drug abuse assistance coordinator, case worker, early intervention service coordinator, house parent, substance abuse specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Graduates can work in a wide variety of settings, such as treatment programs, out-patient centers, schools, law enforcement, businesses, community mental health centers and private practice.
In the state of Missouri, employees working as substance abuse counselors or mental health and substance abuse social work occupations earn an average between $33,710-36,970 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.
|Degree Name:||Substance Abuse Services Option A.A.S.|
|Degree or Program:||Human Service|
|Degree Type:||Associate of Applied Science Degree|
*Practicum oriented toward option area.
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