The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, "though we obviously must live our life forward, we can understand it only by looking backward." In the Senior Seminar (HSCD 450), students will write a portfolio which reflects upon and describes their academic course of study. The portfolio provides evidence of competence and is a way to demonstrate readiness for the alcohol and drug counseling profession.
As a new student, it is not too soon to begin to record or jot down some notes about what you are learning about alcohol and drug counseling.
In the portfolio, you will write about some of the following issues:
- The 4 Trans-disciplinary Foundations of alcohol and drug counseling, which include: understanding addiction, treatment knowledge, application to practice, and professional readiness. (see TAP #21)
- The 8 Practice Dimensions of alcohol and drug counseling, which include: clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, client, family and community education, documentation, and professional and ethical responsibilities. (See TAP #21)
- Other items include: philosophy of counseling practice, personal statement about why you want to become a counselor, your practicum experience, and current readiness to enter the profession.