Albany Tech to Host Grand Opening of Addiction Counseling Labs


Nov. 12 – ALBANY – The Albany Technical College will hold the grand opening of the new Substance Abuse and Substance Abuse Counseling Lab and Classroom on Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the Technology Center of Excellence building. East college campus information. The new area includes a 2,080 square foot teaching area with a 792 square foot lab divided into three work labs.

Substance Abuse and Substance Abuse Counseling is a new degree that began in the fall 2021 semester. Albany Technical College’s Substance Abuse and Substance Abuse Counseling degree is the first of its kind in the state of Georgia under of Georgia’s 22 college technical college system. The program provides students with the necessary training courses to become addiction counselors. It also trains students to provide counselling, career counseling and therapeutic services to drug addicts and their families. Students receive training in drug addiction, alcohol, and crisis intervention, as well as courses in psychology and communication.

This 62-credit hour degree offers coursework covering topics such as addictions, theories and treatments, multicultural issues, biopsychosocial/case management with families, counseling theories, addictions counseling and crisis intervention.

Graduates of the program can work in a variety of social service positions such as social work, case management, and treatment court. Many graduates work for nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and state and local governments.

“There is an increase in drug and alcohol use in the United States and in southwest Georgia,” said Shona Jones-Bennett, program manager/instructor at Albany Tech. “This Albany Technical College training center offers members of our community a chance to train and be placed in positions that can save lives by providing counseling and assisting with crisis intervention. which is so badly needed right now.”

Addiction, behavioral and mental health counselors provide treatment and counseling for people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction or other cognitive or behavioral problems. Addiction counselors work in a variety of settings, such as mental health centers, community health centers, and prisons.

Employment of counselors is expected to grow by 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counselling.

For more information about this new degree, contact Jones-Bennett at (229) 430-3557 or [email protected]


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