CADC Test Review

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HSV 260

       Course Name: CADC Test Review

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

HSV 250 or consent of department coordinator.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course reviews content of course work in Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate program and the Core Functions required by IAODAPCA to receive the CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) credential. Focus is on preparation for the IC&RC examination.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Review the nature of addiction and the addictive process
  2. Review the treatment strategies for addictions
  3. Review the neurobiology of addiction
  4. Review drugs of abuse including alcohol, and other depressants, stimulants
  5. Review “core functions”, including screening, intake, orientation, and assessment
  6. Review basic counseling skills, including individual, group and family
  7. Review treatment planning, case management and crisis management
  8. Review referral processes, report writing and record keeping and the use of consultation
  9. Review specialty information including psychology based therapies, cultural awareness, psychiatric disorders and dual diagnosis, HSV/AIDS information, ethics and 12-step information
  10. Review test preparation, including preparing for the written exam and taking sample written examination

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Overview of Addiction and Treatment
  2. Neurobiology of Addiction
  3. Drugs of Abuse
    1. Alcohol
    2. Other Depressants
      1. barbiturates
      2. minor tranquilizers
      3. narcotics
      4. inhalants
      5. marijuana
      6. hallucinogens/psychedelics
      7. designer drugs
    3. Stimulants
      1. caffeine
      2. nicotine
      3. naturally occurring plant stimulants
      4. amphetamines
      5. cocaine
      6. crack cocaine
  4. Causes of Addiction
  5. Treatment Approaches
  6. Core Functions
    1. Screening
    2. Intake
    3. Orientation
    4. Assessment
  7. Counseling
    1. Individual
    2. Group
    3. Family
  8. Treatment Planning
  9. Case Management
  10. Crisis Management
  11. Specialty Information
    1. Psychological Based therapies
    2. Cultural Awareness
    3. Psychiatric Disorders/li>
    4. Dual Diagnosis
    5. HSV/Aids
  12. Ethics
  13. 12-step Information
  14. Testing Process
  15. Preparation for Written Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Formal and Informal Lectures
  2. Class Discussion
  3. Experiential Learning Activities
  4. Reading, Films, Tapes and Other Audio-Visual Materials
  5. Group Process
  6. Guest Speakers
  7. Special Assignments
  8. Practice IR/RC Written Exam

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attendance
  2. Readings
  3. Participation
Writing:  Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

No texts required.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Pre and Post Tests
  2. Quizzes
  3. Papers

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.