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Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse

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 Work-Based Learning /internship hours to complete the program.

Philosophy of Human Services Technology: The Human Services Technology curriculum trains and prepares graduates to fulfill a wide range of consumer and community needs in a variety of human service settings. Students are adequately prepared to empower people to live a more satisfying, autonomous, and productive lifestyle, through the acquisition of knowledge gained through liberal arts education, human services education, gerontology/substance studies, integrated with work-based learning experiences.  A major strong-point of the program is the emphasis placed on experiential learning with real life scenarios.  Upon completion of the HST program, students will be able to implement acquired skills and knowledge in a personal and/or professional setting to improve the quality of life for society.

Mission:  The mission of the Human Services Technology Program at Vance-Granville Community College is to meet the educational needs of students in the areas of human services to contribute to the social, cultural, economic, and political well-being of the community.

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.

Classes are held on VGCC’s South Campus near Creedmoor where the program is housed.  Some courses are offered in an on-line format as well.

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.

Council for Standards in Human Services Education logoThe VGCC Human Service Technology Program is fully accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE) . The Council promotes excellence in human service education, provide quality assurance, and support standards of performance and practice throughout the accreditation process. Students graduating from the accredited programs are eligible to apply for the Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credential.

*Current VGCC Human Services Student Achievement Indicators

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