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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) Certificate (DARC-CC)

Location(s): Gateway, Manchester, Naugatuck Valley

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

This program is ideal for individuals who are already working in the field of the treatment of substance use disorders, desire a fast-track to certification, are receiving clinical supervision, and/or hold an advanced degree in a closely related field (e.g., social work, counseling, etc.) who would like to supplement their expertise. DARC certificate recipients with degrees and/or experience are prepared for opportunities as counselors for those with substance use disorders in public and private agencies such as community and residential health facilities, hospitals, prevention organizations, youth and family services, and the criminal justice system.

The DARC certificate curriculum consists of 21 credits, meets the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) requirements to become a CAC (certified addiction counselor), and prepares graduates to take the certification examination administered by CCB. The DARC certificate also satisfies the specialty education requirements for those currently holding a related Master’s degree and are applying for licensure as an LADC.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the DARC Certificate, a recipient should be able to:

  • Describe the physiological, emotional, physical, and psychological basis of substance use disorders.
  • Define the causes and characteristics of substance use disorders relevant to various populations and cultures.
  • Define, examine, and apply counseling theories to counseling those with substance use disorders.
  • Define, demonstrate, and apply ethical principles and practices according to the CCB, and professional behavior for working directly in the counseling field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to counseling skills and relapse prevention education and strategies.
  • Describe the categories of drugs and effects on the body, brain, and fetus.
  • Describe characteristics of those with substance use disorders and specific treatment strategies for working with this population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop, draft, and implement individual treatment plans.
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of case management including screening, intake, evaluation, accurate records, treatment, and discharge in the treatment of persons with addiction.
  • Describe and demonstrate skills involved in crisis intervention.
  • Describe the purpose and availability of self-help groups for persons with substance use disorders.
  • Describe the effects of substance use disorders on the family and community including education, health care, and the economy.
  • Describe the stages of change model and recovery for families and their application to treatment of substance use disorders.
  • Describe the transdisciplinary foundations and competencies required of substance abuse counselor.
  • Describe the use of medication in the treatment of substance use disorders.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 21