Catalog Year 2017/2018
 

Area of Concentration within the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Social Sciences

Prepares students seeking specific knowledge in substance abuse counseling to work with clients in a board range of treatment settings. Basic counseling and interviewing skills, assessment and diagnosis of substance use and other mental disorders, treatment delivery, ethical practice, and field experience are emphasized.

Certification for addictions counselors is required by the State of Maryland. The credentialing process requires a combination of a college degree in health or human services, specific coursework in addictions counseling, hours of internship and supervised experience, and passing a state-approved examination. Student should consult with an advisor and the Board of Professional Counselors in Maryland for specific certification requirements.

 


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Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences (Transfer)

Prepares students seeking specific knowledge in substance abuse counseling to work with clients in a board range of treatment settings. Basic counseling and interviewing skills, assessment and diagnosis of substance use and other mental disorders, treatment delivery, ethical practice, and field experience are emphasized.

Certification for addictions counselors is required by the State of Maryland. The credentialing process requires a combination of a college degree in health or human services, specific coursework in addictions counseling, hours of internship and supervised experience, and passing a state-approved examination. Student should consult with an advisor and the Board of Professional Counselors in Maryland for specific certification requirements.
 
Course Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics
 
Mathematics Elective  (GenEd course list) (MA 206 recommended) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences
 
PS 101–General Psychology 3
SO 101–Introduction to Sociology 3
Arts & Humanities
 
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) (CMSP 103 or CMSP 105 recommended) 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
 
Two courses, one of which must be a lab science (GenEd course list) 7

General Education Elective  (Select from GenEd course list)

3

PE/Health Requirement 

1

Concentration Courses

 
SO 102–Social Problems 3
HS 102–Human Relations (fulfils cultural competence requirement) 3
HS 103–Introduction to Social Work and the Human Services 4
ED/PS 208–Human Growth and Development 3
PS 104–Issues of Drug/Alcohol Use 3
HS 203–Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
HS 205–Fundamentals of Addiction 3
PS 206–Abnormal Psychology 3
Note: Students who wish to obtain certification in drug and alcohol counseling from the State of Maryland need to take HS 204 (3 credits) and INTR 103 (3 credits). Please consult with an advisor to discuss options.  
Total 60

*It is recommended that a science course in human biology be taken for one of the science requirements: BI 107 (lab science) or BI 117 (non-lab science).

Transfer Note:
FCC has transfer agreements with the following institutions for students
graduating with an A.A. in Addictions Counseling and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471.
  • Stevenson University–B.S. Human Services
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Gerontology and Aging Services
Prepares those seeking new careers in the field of addictions and for those who wish to advance in their present career by adding professional education in addictions to their credentials. Students may also choose to use these courses to fulfill continuing education (CEU) requirements for periodic renewal of certification or licensure. Certificate graduates may broaden their area of study to Social Work, Counseling, or Psychology at the bachelor's or master's level. Certification for addictions counselors is required by the State of Maryland.

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Course  Credits
Departmental Requirements 
 
PS 101–General Psychology 3
PS 104–Issues of Drug/Alcohol Abuse 3
ED/PS 208–Human Growth and Development 3
HS 203–Introduction to Counseling and Interviewing 3
PS 206–Abnormal Psychology 3
HS 205–Fundamentals of Addiction 3
HS 206–Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs 3
HS 204–Ethics and Practice Issues in the Human Services and Addictions Counseling 3
*INTR 103 Internship 3
*INTR 103 Internship 3
Total 30

* Students are required to take two semesters of INTR 103.
Area of Concentration within the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Social Sciences

Students will be able to:
  1. Describe the origins of social work and the other human service professions and discuss the current issues in the field through journal writing.
  2. Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical research to understand individual behavior across the life span and apply in case examples.
  3. Identify and evaluate the major theories and techniques of social and clinical intervention applied in case examples.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in basic helping skills by conducting a series of videotapes helping interviews.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to professional human service practices.
  6. Understand the Codes of Ethics of the major professional organizations that regulate the human services and demonstrate the ability to comply with these standards in volunteer and internship experiences in human service agencies.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to practice multicultural awareness and sensitivity in a human service agency volunteer or internship experience.
  8. Articulate their identity as a human service professional and formulate a plan for on-going professional development in reflective papers.
 
FCC has transfer agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A. in Addictions Counseling and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471.
  • Stevenson University – B.S. Human Services 
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Gerontology and Aging Services