Residential Aide Credential

residential aide student

The Residential Aide Credential is intended for persons seeking entry-level positions in the Chemical Dependency or Human Services fields, but who lack the experience and training needed for NYS CASAC credentialing or other employment. Residential Aides monitor behavior and activities in residential settings, and assist clients with daily living activities, care coordination, and group activities. Residential Aides provide support and supervision, but do not engage in counseling activities.

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ENGL 101   Academic Writing II    
3 Credits

HLTH 207 or HLTH208  Drug Studies or Alcohol & Alcoholism
3 Credits

PSYC 103     Introduction to Psychology 
3 Credits

CDSC 101 or HUMS 105 Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling or Introduction to Human Services  
3 Credits

CDSC 210 or HUMS 114 Group Counseling: Theory & Practice or The Process of Group Communication
3 Credits

Academic Writing II

This course develops and refines student writing in an academic context. Students engage and respond to challenging texts as they develop critical thinking skills. They learn to support their ideas with credible, authoritative information from academic sources and to recognize audience, purpose, and bias. Special sections may center on a theme. ENGL 101 fulfills the SUNY General Education Basic Communication requirement.

Drug Studies

This course deals with current problems, views, and attitudes concerning psychoactive drugs and their usage. Students explore the effects of drugs on human physiology and interpersonal functioning. They are encouraged to consider their own relationship with chemicals and to evaluate information related to specific subject matter.

Alcohol and Alcoholism

This course is a basic study of the drug alcohol and the disease alcoholism. All facets of the subject are discussed, including the sociological, psychological, and physiological. Experts who represent various areas, such as the medical profession, the law, rehabilitation, counseling, and psychiatry are called upon to share their knowledge and expertise with the class. An honest and practical look is taken at a drug affecting most of us in some way.

Introduction to Psychology

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Prevalent psychological theories and research will be introduced. Topics may include: psychological research, biology and behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, cognition, development, emotion, motivation, personality, mental disorders, therapy and social psychology.

Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling

This course is designed to provide an introduction to clinical interviewing and substance abuse counseling. Students explore and practice basic and essential dimensions of interviewing techniques, methodology, and applications. Students gain insight into theoretical, practical, and ethical issues associated with chemical dependency counseling. Guidelines associated with core skills of the helping relationship and confidentiality are explored.

Introduction to Human Services

The purpose of this course is to identify agencies in the community that provide human services. Emphasis is placed on examination of the particular mission, objectives, organization, staffing patterns, and funding of such agencies. The interaction of various roles of the human service network is also examined. The course is intended for human service students, as well as for interested community members. The instructional modes include lecture, seminar, agency visits and presentations.

Group Counseling: Theory & Practice

This course is devoted to group theory and interventions with chemically dependent individuals. A variety of theoretical perspectives and empirically supported approaches are reviewed. Techniques for assessment, treatment, and care coordination are discussed. This course includes material on special populations, best practices, and relapse issues.

The Process of Group Communication

This course examines group process and its relationship to service organizations. Students study norms, roles, group rules, power, and leadership of small groups. Students experience and evaluate new techniques and methods of working with small groups in a human service setting.