Addiction Studies

Degrees and Certificates


HSSA& 101: Introduction to Addictive Drugs

Credits 5

Definitions of alcohol and other drug use and abuse; alcoholism and other addictions; history and types of chemical dependency; impact on individual, family, and society. (Elective)

HSSA 115: Counseling I

Credits 4
Familiarization with skills commonly used for individual and family counseling. Includes attending, paraphrasing, reflecting feelings, summarizing, probing, self-disclosure, interpreting, and confrontation.

HSSA 116: Intervention in Chemical Dependency

Credits 2
Introduction of objective team approach to confronting denial and presenting reality to chemically dependent, emphasizing skills commonly used for Johnson model intervention. Offered for continuing professional education. Required for ongoing counselor certification.

HSSA 135: Family Treatment/CD I

Credits 3
Exploration of dynamics of chemically dependent family during addiction and recovery. Includes therapy models useful in supporting individuals through recovery process and for restoring relationships within family.

HSSA 136: Relapse Prevention

Credits 3
Familiarization with symptoms, warning signs, and high-risk factors involved in relapse process, with emphasis on recovery, family-of-origin issues, relationships, self-care, and interdependence.

HSSA 140: Group Counseling

Credits 5
Theory and therapy models common to rehabilitation of chemically dependent through group process.

HSSA 145: Teaching Skills for Counselors

Credits 3

Facts about alcohol and other drug use and abuse and skills to impart these facts in a counseling environment. Includes physical effects and behavioral attitudes, family systems, health and safety, drinking and driving, treatment resources, and responsible decision making. Offered for continuing professional education; highly recommended as an elective.

HSSA 150: Case Management

Credits 3
Chemical dependency case management and record keeping. Provides working knowledge of a system for up-to-date, accurate, and usable case files and records.

HSSA 155: Youth CD Counseling and Assessment

Credits 3
Learn identifying signs and symptoms of teenage substance abuse, appropriate intervention, family dynamics, defense mechanisms and emotional honesty, treatment facilities, aftercare, and family’s progress toward health.

HSSA 160: Chemical Dependency and the Law

Credits 3
Understand State of Washington court procedures and laws pertaining to alcohol and drugrelated offenses, domestic violence, incapacitated persons and involuntary commitment, and deferred prosecution.

HSSA 165: Chemical Dependency Counseling & Ethics

Credits 3
Principles and rules of conduct of ethical standards essential for CD profession, including nondiscrimination, responsibility, competence, legal and moral standards, client welfare, confidentiality, client relationships, and interprofessional conduct.

HSSA 172: Cultural Diversity

Credits 3
Knowledge and strategies needed to become more culturally sensitive. Focuses on integration of cultural competence in an AOD curriculum and development of effective prevention messages and treatment modalities within a cultural context while identifying ethnically challenging issues.

HSSA 200: Internship

Credits 5
Five credits awarded to students presenting documentation of 250 hours of supervised counseling training with agency approved by Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Students must complete 2,500 total hours of supervised counseling training to obtain professional qualifications to practice as chemical dependency counselors.

HSSA 215: Counseling II

Credits 3
Emphasis on learning to deal with issues specific to the counselor’s personal challenges. Offered for continuing professional education. Recommended for ongoing counselor certification.

HSSA 232: Mental Health Issues-CDP

Credits 3
Familiarizes chemical dependency counselors with language and basic concepts of mental health disorders as they present in the dually diagnosed patient. Provides opportunity to assess and plan interventions for such patients involving introduction to motivational interviewing.

HSSA 280: Peer Counseling

Credits 5

Students will learn concepts of recovery, resilience, and practice of Certified Peer Counseling.  Develop interpersonal skills that emphasize healthy attachment, defusing transference, self-advocacy, client assessment planning, goal setting for self and peers, and the impact of values and culture on life transitions. This course is designed to meet the State and Federal standards for a Peer Recovery Specialist. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

HSSA 290: Medical Aspects of Addiction

Credits 5

This class teaches students about medical complications of substance abuse including alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, cannabis and benzodiazepines. Class emphasizes addiction, overdose and withdrawal and how chemicals affect the body.