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
- 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.