HSER 294 : Seminar & Fieldwork I
The HSER 294 Seminar and Fieldwork I course is the first of two required courses, which offers the intern enrolled in the Certificate of Competence in Substance Abuse Counseling Program a graduated internship experience in which s/he is able to complete 200 hours of onsite fieldwork in an approved addiction treatment facility. In the weekly seminar, the learner examines in depth the 12 Core Functions of the substance abuse counselor and the ethical and legal mandates under which s/he must practice. Individual strengths and challenges are identified in relationship to the onsite experiences and the learner begins to develop a professional identity as a substance abuse counselor by applying the knowledge, skills, and values that s/he has learned in the previous program courses. Attention also is given to how to attend to one’s self-care while working within a stressful and demanding field.