BA in Substance Abuse Counseling

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This program seeks to equip the student with a foundational grasp of human behavior and mental processes. General biblical and professional disciplines are holistically blended to create an ongoing process of learning. Options open to graduates include the following:

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    Apprenticeships or entry-level work (e.g., juvenile court, corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelters for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, etc.)
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    Graduate work at the seminary or university level

This degree program exceeds the current educational requirements for the State of Ohio at the time of this printing. Additional education and supervised work may be required for a certificate or license in other states or nations. Prior to enrolling, students are encouraged to check educational requirements for any geographical location in which they anticipate employment. A list of credentialing boards in Ohio and around the world is available from icamprc.memberlodge.com.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making to the study of substance abuse counseling.
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    Appraise the needs of persons through use of assessment techniques, diagnostic criteria, and treatment planning.
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    Utilize appropriate counseling techniques with individuals, families, and groups.
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    Apply chemical dependency interventions, knowledge of drugs, and ethical codes of conduct.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core for the specific courses that fulfill each elective requirement.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective(s)2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING MAJOR 49 HOURS

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    Basic information for substance abuse counselors including history, models and theories of substance abuse, and the psychological, biological, social, and spiritual effects on the addicted person and family members.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Prevention models for substance use, abuse, and dependence, with consideration of the needs of various groups.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CD101
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    Ethical codes for professional counselors and substance abuse counselors that inform and shape the conduct of those who provide services. The ethical decision-making process is applied to case studies.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: PS102, CD101
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    Impact of substance abuse on the family system. Intervention and recovery models for addicted persons and the total family, including developmental tasks and special needs of addicted adolescents.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CD101
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    Spiritual dynamics that impact the counseling process in a positive or negative manner. Common themes that counselors, chemical dependency, and pastors encounter, including forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope, viewed through a Christian worldview. Recovery group models are examined.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: PS102, CD101, PC201
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    Introduction to case management, including service coordination, ethical implications, and documentation of the therapeutic process.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisites: CD101, CD212, Junior standing, Psychology Major
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    The effects of prescription medications and drugs of abuse. Proper use of prescription drugs as part of the recovery process, and drugs for mental and emotional disorders of dual-diagnosis clients.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisites: CD101; Psychology or Substance Abuse major, Junior standing, or instructor’s permission.
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    Theories of counseling, with the Twelve Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor. Case studies are used to develop treatment plans.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisites: CD101, PS102
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    Group counseling techniques and dynamics, with issues related to the counselor’s countertransference. Opportunities for self-exploration and self-awareness.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: CD321
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    CD491 and CD492 introduce the student to Substance Abuse treatment through field experience placement. Each practicum requires 90 hours (total of 180 clock hours for the two courses) under the direction of agency supervisors with opportunities to observe and participate in core functions of counseling.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisites: CD212, CD213, CD321, Senior standing
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    See CD491
     
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    Techniques for measuring personality preferences and temperament styles (among other constructs) with the opportunity to cultivate self-awareness during the process. Use of assessment instruments and personal evaluation, including goals and values, to document a student profile. Insights to the field of psychology and its various entities and career possibilities.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    An introduction to statistics in the behavioral sciences and everyday life. Conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics are explored through simple statistical computations and more complex analysis. Students become more aware consumers of statistics through critical analysis of statistical findings.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    A concentrated look at the behavioral approach to counseling and human development. This course provides practical knowledge and experience with a critique from the Christian viewpoint.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    A holistic study of the individual from conception through death. Biological, psychological and social aspects of all stages of life. Integration of biblical perspective as applied to the stages of development.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of personal leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the scope of viewpoints about personality development. How to analyze the dynamics of personality with application in the therapeutic process of counseling.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: PS102
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    Abnormal behavior from various theoretical perspectives, including analysis of causation of behavioral abnormality and methods of therapy.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: SO101, PS311
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    Basic family organization from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home, within a Christian perspective, including development of the full potential of our human sexuality.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: SO101, PS102

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Introduction to the purpose, structure, content, and the good practices for writing a basic resume. Students are directed to the OCU Career Services website to build the resume.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None
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    Appropriate dress for interviewing: style and fit of men’s suits, how to tie a tie, and details of professional appearance, dining etiquette, dinner-setting interviews, or employer representation at dinner meetings. Comparison between interview and work attire.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None
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    Types of interviews, including one-on-one, panel, career fair, and elevator speech interviews. What to expect in an interview, how to research employers, and basic interview preparation. Attributes of a good interview, and how to practice those skills.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None

ELECTIVES 22 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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