Program / Department: AODA Certification Program/Psychology
The Department prepares students with broad training in psychology that will prepare them for graduate work or employment in entry-level jobs in the field of psychology.
Student Learning Outcomes
As part of assessment, the Psychology Department/AODA Certification Program has generated seven specific program outcomes:
- Students will learn to define and recognize the actions of psychoactive drugs as they affect the body; recognize and know the signs and symptoms associated with the different classifications of psychoactive chemicals.
- Students will know the principles and processes of human physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social development including basic abnormal psychology and effects of chemical usage on growth and development and more specifically women and adolescents.
- Students will know the historical development of alcohol and other drug abuse treatment including the history of chemical usage in the United States, development of the various treatment modalities and its relationship to the community at large.
- Students will know the eligibility requirements and criteria for specific delivery models of service; know what services are offered in each modality with applicable regulations and limits of each; know when it is appropriate to make referrals to Outpatient, Detoxification, Residential, and Self-Help Groups.
- Students will have a practical knowledge of applicable Illinois and Federal laws in particular rules and regulations governing but not limited to: intake protocol, discharge requirements, confidentiality regulations, record keeping, child abuse reporting act, and client and provider rights.
- Students will learn the core functions of an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor; apply the unique knowledge and skill base in the execution of Core Functions in an AODA treatment setting.
- Students will know the requirements of IAODAPCA AODA Counselor Code of Ethics, and be able to apply this Code of Ethics to the Core Functions.
Assessment Measures and Criteria
INSTRUMENT: PSYC 5205 Assessment Instrument – In order to receive a grade of “Pass”, students should score 70 or better over 100 possible points on the Midterm and Final exams for PSYC 5205. Both scores for each student will be added and averaged. Students who do not do so will be advised to take appropriate courses to increase their score by the time they undergo the Comprehensive Assessment instrument. This assessment measures outcomes #1, 2.
INSTRUMENT: Comprehensive Assessment Instrument – In order to receive a grade of “Pass”, students should score 70 or better over 100 possible points on the Comprehensive Assessment Instrument. It includes questions from the PSYC 5205 Assessment Instrument plus other questions reflecting the content objectives of the AODA Certification Program. This assessment measures outcomes #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
INSTRUMENTS: Twelve Core Functions, Case Assessment & Treatment Plan, Written Case Study, Referral Folder - For the term paper, a grade of 70+ must be earned. The assignments are measured as follows:
- Twelve Core Functions Paper In order to receive a grade of “Pass”, students should score 70 % or better (35/50 = 70 %). This assessment measures outcomes # 6.
- Case Assessment & Treatment Plan In order to receive a grade of “Pass”, students should score 70 % or better (70/100 = 70 %). This assessment measures outcomes # 1, 2, 4, 5.
- Written Case Study: In order to receive a grade of “Pass”, students should score 70 % or better (70/100 = 70 %). This assessment measures outcomes # 5, 7.
- Referral Folder: In order to receive a grade of “Pass”, students should score 70 % or better (35/50 = 70 %). This assessment measures outcomes # 4.
These papers demonstrate student’s use of research and study skills. The papers demonstrate knowledge of AODA processes, skills and services best suited to the individual client’s needs. The papers also exhibit use of critical thinking skills in evaluating and employing AODA theories and evidence-based practices. Students are asked to develop a thesis in logical fashion, and clear writing and error-free English prose.
INSTRUMENT: Student Field Experience Evaluation Form – At the end of their field experience student will be evaluated by their Field Experience supervisor in the following areas: analytical ability, administration, inter-professional relations, practicum skills, knowledge, and work habits. The form uses a five level scale: no basis for judgment, below average, above average, and excellent. An overall rating of above average to excellent is considered a “pass” for this assessment. This assessment measures outcomes # 4, 5, 6, 7.
INSTRUMENT: Alumni Survey - Within one year after graduation, the Department will contact you to request information about your experience after completing the program, and in particular, to find out how well your education at Chicago State facilitated success in your subsequent occupation or pursuit of further education, as well as to what degree your education contributed to your success in the professional field. You will be mailed survey instruments designed to measure your level of satisfaction with the AODA certification program feels you were prepared for job success in terms of your academic training and preparation. This assessment measures outcomes # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.