Techniques in Addiction Counseling – ADCN 505

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides students an understanding of effective addiction counseling interventions from individual, relational, and systems perspectives with unique emphasis on motivational interviewing. Students also examine personal characteristics and their effect on individual, couple and family counseling using case discussion and analysis.


CEFS 501 or COUN 501 or MAAC 501


Students must have curricular experiences and demonstrate their knowledge in helping relationships. The ability to synthesize and apply an understanding of the theories and techniques to one’s personal and professional life is critical in counselor development. In fact, this course may be one of the most important courses in the program as it addresses the essence of counseling. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic knowledge, communication skills, and values necessary to invite others to share their life stories and experiences, explore blocks to change, and engage in a reflective decision making process in order to implement strategies for change. From a Christian perspective, this course helps students develop skills to effectively love their neighbor as themselves and to convey Christ’s love implicitly or explicitly (when ethically appropriate) to their clients.

This course also encourages self-awareness and self-exploration so that students can gain an understanding of how their own personal experiences, preferences, feelings, values, and worldview influences their practice as a counselor. Such insights cultivate personal, professional, and spiritual growth. A key feature of this course is the opportunity to practice these essential counseling skills in a safe, controlled environment. Over the course of the term students will be able to practice their skills. Extensive uses of media will help the student learn the essential skills involved in building an effective helping relationship.


This is the 8-week online version of ADCN 505 Techniques in Addiction Counseling course. It is intended for those students who already have experience working in the filed of addiction with direct client contact which includes the use of basic counseling skills and some type of formal feedback regarding those skills (e.g., supervision). Students are encouraged to take the intensive version of the course, especially if they do not have such experience.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Below are the program learning outcomes for Liberty’s Master of Arts in Addictions Counseling Program, followed by the student learning outcomes specifically designed for this course.

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of addiction counseling in preparation for taking licensure or certification exams and in procuring employment in the addiction counseling field.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate research and report writing skills including the use of APA format and computer technology.
  3. Incorporate ethical and legal standards in the addiction counseling arena.
  4. Integrate biblical principles and counseling theories in a responsibly eclectic manner.
  5. Assess, diagnose and treat clients with a broad array of presenting addiction problems and co-occurring mental disorders using multiple addiction counseling skills in established best practices.
  6. Evaluate diverse individual, group and family populations in order to effectively determine a treatment of addiction for client(s).
  7. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Identify counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes

    Learning Outcomes A

    Assignments: IV. A, C, D, E, F, G, H

    2. Demonstrate essential interviewing and counseling skills

    Learning Outcomes A, D, E

    Assignments: IV. D, E, F, G

    3. Employ models of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the field so that they begin to develop a personal model of counseling

    Learning Outcomes A, D, E

    Assignments: IV. C, D, E, F, G, H

    4. Apply a general framework for understanding and practicing consultation and supervision

    Learning Outcomes A, C, E

    Assignments: IV. C, D, E, G, H

    5. Demonstrate development of measurable outcomes for clients

    Learning Outcomes A, E, F

    Assignments: IV. D, E, F, G

    6. Identify the impact of spiritual beliefs on clients’ and counselors’ worldviews

    Learning Outcomes A, C, D, F

    Assignments: IV. A, C, D, E,

    7. Identify the impact of heritage, attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences on an individual’s views of others

    Learning Outcomes A, C, F

    Assignments: IV. A, C, D, E, G

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum (1)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words.

Group Discussion Board Forums (6)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum, with video recorded responses to the appropriate material. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to a minimum of 2 other classmates’ threads. The final group discussion board will require a reply to each group member. Each reply must meet the expectations outlined for the particular reply prompts.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz is based on practice exercises within MyCounselingLab. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, true/false and/or short answer questions, and have a 30-minute time limit.

Self-Evaluations (4)

The student will complete 4 self-evaluations during the course, considering his or her ratings of particular skills covered in this course.

Session Evaluation (1)

The student will complete a session evaluation during the course, viewing and evaluating a professional on the skills covered in this course.