The Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse concentration prepares students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention- oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community - based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and pursuit of four year degrees.
Course work includes classroom and experiential activities oriented toward an overview of chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, the Twelve Core Functions, intervention techniques with individuals in groups, and follow-up activities with recovering clients. Students complete between 66-69 credit hours and 320 hours on internship.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The VGCC HST Substance Abuse Counselor track is approved by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board to meet the educational requirements needed to qualify for the written certification exam for either the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) credential or the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP) credential.
While most classes are offered at the college's South Campus near Creedmoor, some Human Services classes are offered at other campuses, and some classes are available online.
Substance abuse courses are offered in the fall and others are offered in the spring. Courses are offered in the summer as well, but all required courses are taught in either the fall or spring semesters. Students are not required to attend in the summer.
The VGCC Human Services Technology Program is Nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.