Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling Lab Ribbon Cutting

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Ribbon Cutting Monday for the New Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling Classroom and Lab

ALBANY, GEORGIA - Albany Technical College (ATC) will have a ribbon cutting for the new Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling classroom and lab on Monday, November 14, at 9:30 AM in the Center for Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) building on the east campus of Albany Technical College. The new area features a 2080 square foot teaching area with a lab that has 792 square feet divided into 3 working labs.

Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling is a new degree that started in the Fall Semester 2021. The Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling Degree at Albany Technical College is the first of its kind in the State of Georgia under the Technical College System of Georgia’s 22 colleges. The Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling program provide students with the educational coursework to become addiction counselors. It also trains students to provide counseling, career advice, and therapeutic services to substance abusers and their families. Students receive training in drug, alcohol, and crisis intervention and courses in psychology and communication.

This 62-credit hour degree offers courses covering such topics as; Addictions, Theories and Treatments, Multicultural Issues, Biopsychosocial/Case management with Families, Theories of Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Crisis Intervention.

Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling graduates can work in various positions related to human services 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 Southwest Georgia. This training facility at Albany Technical College offers individuals in our community a chance to train and be placed in positions that can save lives by providing counseling and assist in crisis intervention that is so badly needed right now," says Shona Jones Bennett, Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling, Program Chair/Instructor at Albany Technical College.

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors provide treatment and advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, or other cognitive or behavioral problems. Substance abuse counselors work in various settings, such as mental health centers, community health centers, and prisons.

Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling.

For more information about this new degree, contact Shona Jones-Bennett at 229.430.3557 or