CDS 103: Foundations for Substance Use Disorder Counselor

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Restricted Elective
This course will introduce students to profession of SUD counseling. Focus will be on credentialing process and basic information regarding professional readiness such as the relationship between personal and professional boundaries. Focus will be on the difference between a professional counselor and a peer support person. Introduction to ethical and legal responsibilities of counselors.
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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Understand credentialing process for CDP’s and CDPT’s
  2. Navigation of the Department of Health website to find needed information and answers to questions
  3. Review of disqualifying crimes/negative actions and background checks
  4. Define the differences between a professional counselor and a peer support person