ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

The ACA Syllabus Clearinghouse is a joint project of ACA and The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). We will maintain syllabi on many topics from may different learning institutions. Our database will be updated continually with new and exciting courses and will provide a valuable resource to all counselors. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the ACA librarian at 800-347-6647 ext. 281 or

Addictions / Substance Abuse Counseling

AODA Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Barbara Jordan
The student in this course will be introduced to the process and tools through which the AODA counselor collaborates with the client and others to gather and interpret information for the formation of a diagnosis based on the criteria in the DSM-IV TR. This course will also teach the student how to analyze and interpret the data they have gained in order to determine treatment recommendations as well as the ability to document their findings appropriately. It includes the procedure that the counselor and client develop treatment goals based on the clients’ identified strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, students will learn how to collaborate with the client in identifying the strategies needed to attain those goals.

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