About the Minor
Ramapo College offers a minor in Substance Abuse
that is primarily designed for students who are interested in
substance abuse counseling.
Students will be expected to have introductory courses in both
psychology and biology* as prerequisites for the minor sequence.
The courses in the minor will include:
1.Substance Abuse (An introductory course that must be taken
prior to core courses).
2.Community and Planning Issues (An understanding of the operation
of community resources and agencies pertaining to substance
3.Drugs and Behavior (Psychopharmacology).
4.Counseling the Substance Abuser I (An overview of counseling
needs and issues facing abusers and their families).
5.Counseling the Substance Abuser II (Treatment and techniques).
6.Fieldwork in a substance abuse (intervention or prevention).
The courses are repeated each year so that they can be taken
in as few as two semesters though we recommend taking a longer
period of time to complete the sequence.
The minor in Substance Abuse fulfills the academic requirements
applicable towards state certification in substance abuse counseling
(Alcohol and other Drugs of Abuse Counselor Certification).
The fieldwork will give a hands-on experience in community agencies
who deliver these services. Fieldwork will count towards the
fieldwork/experience hours required for certification.
The minor will be of particular interest to students majoring
in the helping professions such as psychology and social work.
Some courses in the minor also count towards satisfying major
requirements in psychology and social work. However, the minor
is open to all interested students.
NOTE: For further information on State CAC/
CADC requirements please contact:
The Certification Board
4 Cornwall Drive
Suite # 103
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
1 732 390 5900
The faculty teaching in this program are all professionals in
the field of substance abuse counseling. In addition to full-time
faculty and staff at Ramapo College, experts from the community
teach in the program on an adjunct basis. This provides students
with the best combination: excellent teachers who have years
of direct, professional experience in the field.
biology, Fundamentals of biology or approved course by the Convener.