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2013-14 Catalog 
2013-14 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Drug & Alcohol Recovery Counselor, A.S.

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Program Design

The Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) associate degree program provides education and training for persons seeking employment or job advancement in the addiction profession; others transfer to upper level colleges to complete bachelor’s or graduate degrees in the field of addiction counseling or other transfer opportunities. Students receive education and training in the professional techniques of counseling with a disciplined background in the environmental and psychological causes and effects of alcohol and other substance use disorders.

The DARC program is designed to meet the academic requirement for the State of Connecticut and the CT Certification Board’s requirements for certification as an alcohol and drug/addiction counselor. This program is designed to provide the student with the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of addictions.

First-year speciality courses are open to any student wishing to enroll, e.g. DAR* 101 , DAR* 111 , DAR* 112 , DAR* 158 .

DARC Internship Admission Process

Registration for the DARC internship courses (DAR* 251  & DAR* 252 ) and placement into a DARC internship site is based on the submission of an official application packet, an interview/screening process, and the satisfactory completion of DAR* 101 , DAR* 111 , DAR* 112 , DAR* 158  and DAR* 213  with a grade of C or better. Those students seeking admission into the DARC internship must meet with the DARC program coordinator. DARC internships begin each fall semester and the internship application packet must be submitted to the DARC program coordinator at the beginning of the previous spring semester. Interviews/screenings take place each Spring for the following Fall semester.


The program consists of 27 semester hours of speciality courses and 33 semester hours of general education credits.

Students may enroll full- or part-time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Understand addiction and a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to addictions. Be able to describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health and social effects of psychoactive substances on the user and significant others.
  2. Understand treatment, describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems. Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.
  3. Apply knowledge and understand the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care and provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.
  4. Demonstrate professionalism and understand the importance of self-awareness in one’s personal, professional and cultural life. Understand the addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Drug & Alcohol Recovery Counselor Requirements

Total Credits Required: 60-61


Courses open only to students formally accepted into this program.

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