Substance Abuse counseling is a growing field that requires specialized knowledge in the areas of substance abuse and counseling theories. This course will provide an introductory foundation to all aspects of drug and alcohol counseling. Students will receive a comprehensive overview of the different substances and the etiology of substance abuse. In addition, students will learn about assessment and diagnosis, treatment settings and strategies, sobriety and relapse prevention, and general substance abuse prevention education and strategies. This course will also examine issues related to working with special populations and diverse cultures. Using a variety of instructional activities, this course will help prepare students to work with individuals and families in need of substance abuse treatment and counseling. This course will provide an initial educational foundation for students preparing to take state licensing or certification exams. However, since the requirements for each state differ, students will have to conduct their own research to determine state-specific certification requirements. Depending on the state requirements, the student may need to complete additional coursework or additional licensing requirements (e.g. externship or other work experience) beyond the completion of this course.