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This course addresses initial interviewing, assessment, intake and early phase counseling processes utilized at addiction treatment centers. Students address the role of screening and assessment in the initial intake process. Students develop skills in the area of initial assessment. Students analyze the current DSM categories and criteria of Substance Use Disorder and their implementation. Students learn about different forms of addiction including gambling. Students discuss the physical impacts addiction can have. This course helps to fulfill the educational requirements of the Certification Board of NJ to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Following completion of the educational requirements for the CADC students need to complete 3000 hours of supervised fieldwork experience to receive the certification.