We currently live in a society that in some ways embraces and promotes alcohol and drug use. The strong socio-cultural promotion of usage is what initially causes people to enter the world of drugs and later struggle to get out of it. In the midst of this struggle, of waking, trying to quit, and not succeeding, is where alcohol and drug addiction arises. Due to the many dangers that these addictions impose to people’s emotional, spiritual and physical well being- their irreversible effect on the brain and the Central Nervous System, the danger of creating a dependence, and the increased risk of developing heart disease- education and public awareness are paramount to preventing today’s population from even stepping into this turmoil of self-abuse and suffering.
Unfortunately, people born in a prior era did not benefit from the amount of extensive knowledge that we have today. Because of the lack of information at the time, people were more susceptible to addiction without even realizing it.
With that aim in mind, the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Professional Certificate Program at LMU Extension, beginning again on February 24, will give participants’ the necessary tools to become a counselor, essential knowledge of physiology and pharmacology, and pertinent counseling techniques to aid patients in the front line of recovery centers, sober living settings, and hospitals.
Introduction to Alcohol & Drug Counseling will introduce participants to family dynamics, an overview of different forms of treatment, recovery approaches, and cultural/lifestyle considerations in counseling. Each topic mentioned above will extend participants’ understanding about the origins and environments in which addictions first arise, and the many ways to treat and help different patients all while leading them through their recovery from substance dependence.
The Case Management in the Treatment of Addiction course will train participants in assessment, diagnosis, planning, and evaluation when it comes to offering clients the necessary resources and essential mind-frame in recovering from a substance abuse problem.
Finally, participants’ will receive reinforcement in Group Counseling Techniques: how effective communication, understanding, and affecting responses promote personal growth and power to defeat an ingrained addiction.
For more information about the program and registration visit us online at: Alcohol and Drug Counseling Professional Certificate Program
Other Questions? Contact Fay Craton (310.338.2812) Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Counseling.