Addiction and Recovery Studies Academic Certificate

Our Addiction and Recovery Studies academic certificate program will prepare you to work in a behavioral health and human services field that relates to understanding substance abuse. You will learn how to demonstrate a basic set of helping skills (warmth, empathy, reflective listening) needed for entry employment in the addictions field, work as a culturally sensitive ethical practitioner, demonstrate a stronger sense of self resulting from personal growth experiences, and use critical thinking and writing skills needed for working with clients. Individuals working in the addictions field require diverse backgrounds, training and experience. Students come to the program degreed, non-degreed and from various academic disciplines, bringing with them varied levels of understanding and expertise in the assessment and treatment of mental health and substance abuse.

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Mental Health Counselors - est. salary $66,221*
Social and Human Service Assistants – est. salary $38,801
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors – est. salary $54,737

**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Addiction and Recovery Studies Academic Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies 3 credits   Major course
BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health & Human Services 3 credits   Major course
BHHS 111 - Introduction to Helping Skills 3 credits BHHS 101, must be taken concurrently Major course
ENGL 101 - English Composition or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
3 credits   Writing Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology* 3 credits Students with computer experience may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department. Technological Competency
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3 credits   Quantitative Reasoning

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BHHS 105 - Introduction to Group Dynamics 3 credits   Major course
BHHS 131 - Faith and Spirituality in Human Services or
BHHS 102 - Social Determinants of Behavioral Health
3 credits   Major course
BHHS 191 - Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care 3 credits Prerequisite: BHHS 111 with a grade "C" or better Major course
Cultural Analysis and Interpretation
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade "C" or better Writing Research/Info Lit 2
BHHS 222 - Assessment and Service Planning in Recovery 3 credits Prerequisite: BHHS 121 Major course

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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