Allied Health Program Outcomes

Students are expected to learn the following within the Allied Health Services program:

1. Content Knowledge
  • Conduct assessments of client needs and resources at both the individual and community level, including analysis of social and political barriers that may impede health.
  • Plan, facilitate, and implement interventions; evaluate the outcome of service for those served.
  • Engage in practices and techniques that encompass group facilitation, psychosocial assessment, behavioral change and motivating practices, as well as working with diverse populations.
  • Utilize a variety of counseling skills and abilities to function effectively as chemical dependency counselors in a variety of settings.

2. Career Development
  • Adhere to professional ethical standards, including: confidentiality, sensitivity when working with diverse populations, and responsibility for professional growth.
  • Seek, find, evaluate, and use information, and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Develop and promote healthy practices, self-awareness, and self-care applying these items personally, with clients, colleagues, and other professionals.

3. Human Interaction
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and supervisors.
  • Work together with individuals and groups to: assess needs, promote strengths, manage problems, set goals, develop or access resources, implement and assess action plans.
  • Examine the relationship between self, community, and environments; evaluate possible consequences and impacts of actions; make choices and contributions based on informed evaluation.
  • Explain the characteristics and treatment demands of chemically dependent / substance abusing clients.

4. Oral and Written Communication
  • Identify, evaluate, and analyze rhetorical strategies - in one's own writing and the writing of others - in order to communicate effectively.
  • Apply/utilize computer skills to maintain appropriate client and agency reports, records, and documents.
  • Employ and interpret clear, concise, and open communication - including verbal, nonverbal, and written communication - in a professional manner.

5. Critical and Ethical Thinking
  • Utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, and statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.
  • Gather, assemble, and interpret data through various methods necessary to determine clients' strengths and barriers that interfere with their ability to overcome adversity or to achieve life goals.
  • Apply critical thinking strategies to make sound and reasoned decisions regarding common ethical dilemmas encountered in common practice settings.
  • Apply appropriate diagnostic criteria for substance related disorders, and criteria for other mental health disorders that commonly co-occur with chemical dependency / substance disorders.