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Revision Date: 18-Aug-23

Fall 2023 | PSY-1170-VO01F - Addiction: An Introduction to Clinical Skills

Flex Class

FLEX courses are online courses with flexible assignment submission, allowing students to manage their completion pace during the semester. FLEX courses remain open for enrollment throughout the first half of the semester. Flex course enrollment for Fall 2023 ends on October 30.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-05-2023 to 12-18-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-25-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-06-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Valerie Welter
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course provides students with the addiction and substance use disorder education required for the Apprentice Addiction Professional* (AAP) certification through the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation. Students will acquire key introductory clinical skills and knowledge, including screening, assessment and engagement; treatment planning, collaboration and referral; counseling; and professional and ethical responsibilities. * The AAP certification is required by the Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP) for entry level providers in its Preferred Provider Network. The certification exists only in Vermont. To be eligible for the AAP certification, applicants must be employed within a Preferred Provider Network, have or be working toward an associate or bachelor degree, and must meet substance use education, employment and supervision, and minimum age requirements. All 40 hours of the education required for AAP certification must occur within the 5 years preceding completion of all application requirements.

Essential Objectives

1. Identify physical symptoms and behavioral signs of addiction and substance use disorders and identify the stages of dependency using current screening and assessment tools.
2. Describe theoretical approaches and current models for addiction and substance use disorder treatment planning, collaboration, and referral.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of counseling, including ability to employ effective client engagement strategies.
4. Summarize professional and ethical responsibilities and apply to common clinical situations.
5. Describe HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 and interpret ways that these impact confidentiality in substance use disorder counseling (6 hours).
6. Discuss the prevalence and relationship between co-occurring addiction, substance use, and mental health disorders.
7. Describe the processes for substance use disorder credentialing, including AAP test preparation and certification.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Fall 2023 textbook/book details will be available on 2023-05-03. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


The textbook for this course is Berry, W., & Ramnath, R. (2014). Addiction: a human experience. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Additional required articles will be outlined in the modules and made available to students online through Hartness Library or as PDFs. Additionally, throughout the semester, the instructor may offer additional suggested readings for students to utilize for further learning and exploration of course content.

Suggested Progression

This is a self-paced asynchronous course which means that students will be starting and progressing at different rates throughout the term. Once you feel like you have a strong handle on the material, and you have completed all of the assignments for the module, you should feel comfortable moving on, regardless of the pace, as long as you complete the course within the semester timeframe. If you are starting at the beginning of the term, you could spend one week on each module to successfully complete the course within the term. If you are starting 7 weeks into the course, you could spend one week covering two modules so that you complete the course successfully within the term.

Evaluation Criteria

Assignment Category Grade Weight Percentage
Demonstrate Your Learning Forums 30%
Quizzes & Assignments 35%
Mid-Term Assignment 15%
Final Cumulative Assignment 20%
Total 100%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Module 1: The Role of AAPs in Providing Substance Use Disorder and Addiction Treatment in Vermont



Module 2: Overview of Theories and Models of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 3: Signs and Symptoms of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 4: Stages of Change Model in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment



Module 5: Screening, Intake and Orientation and utilization of ASAM Criteria for Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 6: Scope of Practice & Role of an AAP in Assessment of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 7: Scope of Practice & Role of an AAP in Treatment Planning of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 8: Commonly Used Counseling Interventions for Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 9: Consultation, Collaboration, Referrals and Crisis Intervention of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 10: Role and Education of Client, Family and Loved Ones in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment



Module 11: Professional Ethics and Boundaries of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment



Module 12: Understanding and Application of HIPAA and 42 CFR part 2 of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Treatment



Module 13: Harm Reduction and Medication Assisted Treatment Interventions of Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 14: Treatment Considerations for Co-Occurring Disorders in Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders and Addiction



Module 15: Treatment Interventions and Associated Challenges of Providing Treatment for Substance Use Disorders and Addiction in Vermont


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

This is a self-paced course; there are no weekly deadlines and due dates for assignments. Students progress through the modules and submit coursework according to their own schedule and goals for completion. Importantly however, all coursework for the semester MUST be submitted by the course end date of 12/18/23.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.