Upon completion of the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate or Associate Degree at RCTC, students will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Apply the 12 core competencies of a drug counselor.
  • Recall foundational chemical dependency theory.
  • Analyze ecological aspects of addiction.
  • Evaluate psychopharmacological features of addiction.
  • Recognize ethical and legal issues influencing counseling practice.
  • Exhibit professional standards of counseling practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how diversity influences case conception.
  • Recognize co-occurring conditions that influence case conception.
  • Show proper use of intake, screening, and orientation protocol.
  • Prepare a comprehensive chemical dependency assessment.
  • Design treatment and prevention plans.
  • Outline personal counseling theory.
  • Demonstrate counseling interventions, skills, and theory.
  • Examine case management philosophy and tools.
  • Explain crisis intervention and prevention strategies.
  • Design and deliver psychoeducational curriculum.
  • Recognize the need to coordinate services through referral.
  • Write clinical case notes.
  • Report and consult with other professionals.


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(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
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Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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