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Recovery and Transformation Proficiency Certificate


This certificate provides students with a basic understanding of recovery, resilience and transformation in the field of substance abuse treatment. The biopsychosocial aspects of various addictive behaviors will be examined. This will include the pharmacology of addictive substances, the physiological effects on the user, the psychological consequences of use, and the sociological conditions that cause and result from substance abuse. The historical perspective will be surveyed, along with introducing students to various treatment approaches to addictive behavior. The psychosocial, cultural and spiritual aspects of addictive lifestyles will be examined through the study of alcohol and other drugs of abuse. The student will be introduced to counseling techniques, case management concerns, assessment issues, professional responsibility and ethical practice. Special populations such as dually diagnosed (co-occurring disorders) clients and HIV substance abusers will be discussed.

This certificate is designed for people interested in employment as entry-level case managers, counselor assistants, psychiatric technicians, mental health assistants and beginning human service workers. Individuals who complete this certificate can enter the field of human services as case managers, counselor assistant I and II, resident counselors or social work assistants. When completed, courses may be applied to the associate degree in Behavioral Health/ Human Services and related academic certificates.

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the Recovery and Transformation proficiency certificate students will be able to:

  • Describe the social context and human meaning of drug and alcohol use in the American culture
  • Describe chemical effects, psychological and social consequences of the use of the following drugs: marijuana, psychedelics and hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, heroin and narcotics
  • Demonstrate understanding of the societal issues associated with chemical dependency
  • Discuss HIV/AIDS, codependency, enabling and family consequences of addiction
  • Describe the relationship between micropractice and macropractice issues in substance abuse treatment
  • Describe the relationship between counseling and spiritual-existential traditions in recovery
  • Discuss the psychotherapeutic process of change as it relates to addictive behavior
  • Demonstrate the professional responsibilities required of a helper, including ethical practice

Entrance Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students New students are normally required to take the College's placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics course as part of the certificate.

Recovery and Transformation Proficiency Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Prerequisites Credits
BHHS 101 Introduction to Behavioral Health and Human Services   3
BHHS 111 Introduction to Helping Skills BHHS 101, which may be taken concurrently 3
BHHS 121 Foundations of Addiction Studies   3
BHHS 131
BHHS 222

Faith and Sprirtuality in Human Services

Assessment and Service Planning in Recovery

 BHHS 121 3
Total Credits: 12

Successful Completion:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed above. In order to achieve a "C" or better and thus demonstrate competency students must complete exams, writing assignments, projects, and presentations.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130. Telephone (215) 751-8450; or call the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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