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

Substance Abuse Counseling

This course reviews key concepts utilized in substance abuse treatment from both a historical and current perspective, including theoretical models of understanding and treating chemically dependent clients. Various screening and assessment tools, drug history, and interviewing skills are reviewed to help the student assess the severity of addiction and develop an initial treatment plan. Treatment settings and interventions commonly used with chemically dependent clients are also reviewed from different theoretical orientations. The concept of comorbidity and the interface between substances and psychopathology are closely examined. Additionally, substance use is examined as it relates to issues of diversity.

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