Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Occupational Certificate

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

We are now offering a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Occupational Certificate. This 20-hour certificate prepares students to apply to be a Texas Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). The curriculum is approved by the Texas Department of Health Services.

This certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to help prevent drug and alcohol use and abuse within schools, neighborhoods, and greater communities. 

Students will learn to identify the stages of addiction, utilize evidenced-based prevention strategies within a cultural context, identify risk and protective factors for substance use disorders, describe resources for prevention planning, and explain program evaluation methods. 

The coursework, combined with the capstone experience at a prevention approved training center enables students to work in the area of drug prevention in a variety of settings that include:

  • K-12 schools,
  • Juvenile justice settings (alternative schools or youth offender programs),
  • Local community coalitions, and
  • At-risk programs.

Once coursework is completed, students will need to complete 2,000 hours of prevention work experience and must pass a state exam to obtain their license as a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).

For more information, students may contact 281-998-6150, x7146 or mentalhealthservices@sjcd.edu.

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North Campus

Information

The Mental Health Services program is designed to train mental health technicians and prevention specialists in preparation to meet the requirements for testing as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Each program offers a practicum class that allows students to apply classroom skills in a treatment setting.

Prevention Specialist

We are now offering a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Occupational Certificate. This 20-hour certificate prepares students to apply to be a Texas Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). The curriculum is approved by the Texas Department of Health Services.

The coursework, combined with the capstone experience at a prevention approved training center enables students to work in the area of drug prevention in a variety of settings that include:

  • K-12 schools,
  • Juvenile justice settings (alternative schools or youth offender programs),
  • Local community coalitions, and
  • At-risk programs.

Once coursework is completed, students will need 2,000 hours (1 year) of prevention work experience and pass a state exam to obtain their license as a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS).

Mental Health Technician 

The Mental Health Technician (Psychiatric Aide/Technician) Occupational Certificate prepares students to work with individuals with psychiatric or substance use disorders following physician instructions and hospital procedures. Psychiatric aides and technicians observe and record patient behavior and present findings to counselors, nurses, and other professional staff. They intervene in crisis situations, actively moderate client behavior, and assist with feeding, moving, and dressing patients as well as personal hygiene and activities of daily living.

Potential work opportunities include:

  • Aides within inpatient/outpatient psychiatric facilities,
  • Day treatment centers,
  • Counseling centers, and
  • Rehabilitation facilities.

Substance Abuse Counseling 

The Substance Abuse Counseling Occupational Certificate and Certificate of Technology prepare individuals to enter the field of human services and provide specialized services to individuals and their families experiencing the effects of substance abuse. Graduates will be able to identify appropriate assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals who are, or have been, engaged in substance abuse. The program, plus 4,000 hours of paid work experience, provides individuals with the necessary educational and employment requirements to become eligible for testing as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).

Potential Work opportunities include:

  • Hospitals,
  • Rehabilitation centers,
  • Outpatient clinics,
  • Veteran’s affairs clinics,
  • Alternative schools,
  • Research facilities, and
  • Pain management clinics and counseling centers.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The combination of the certificates and general education courses leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Mental Health Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Students who do not have an associate degree (or higher) in a behaviorally related field will not be eligible for full licensure in the state of Texas. A student can complete the Certificate of Technology course work, enter the workforce as a counseling intern, and continue course work towards an AAS before receiving his or her LCDC.

Students may view the application and information packet on the Mental Health Services website.

Plan of Study

North Campus
6MH-SAPS

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
DAAC 1319 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
DAAC 2306 Substance Abuse Prevention I 3
SCWK 1303 Ethics for Social Service Professionals 3
 Credits9
Second Term
DAAC 2353 Substance Abuse Prevention II 3
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3
SCWK 1313 Introduction to Social Work 3
 Credits9
Summer Year One Term
DAAC 1264 Practicum - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling (Prevention) 2
 Credits2
 Total Credits20

Capstone Experience: DAAC 1264 Practicum - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling (Prevention) Note: Students must pass each course listed in the degree or certificate for Mental Health Services with a grade of C or higher to be eligible to receive a degree or certificate.