RVCC Offering Classes for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals

Registration has begun for Raritan Valley Community College’s new program that offers a pathway to certification for substance abuse treatment professionals. Classes begin May 16 for “Assessment & Treatment of Addictions,” an introductory course in RVCC’s new Certificate of Completion in Chemical Dependency program. The course will be offered on six Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the College’s Branchburg Campus. A second online course, “Introduction to Addictions,” will begin June 6.

Last fall RVCC received a $487,444 grant from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train paraprofessionals who work with youth and young adults dealing with behavioral health disorders. Under the grant, students will receive free tuition for classroom instruction for the Chemical Dependency program that also includes fieldwork.

The 12-month, five-course program is designed to train paraprofessionals working with young people ages 16-25 in Somerset or Hunterdon County who are at-risk for developing or who have already developed a recognized behavioral health disorder. These conditions may include both mental health and substance abuse.

To learn more about the program, contact Jessica Gonzalez at jgonzale@raritanval.edu or Karen Gutshall-Seidman atkgutshal@raritanval.edu. “Introduction to Addictions” also will be offered at RVCC this fall on Monday evenings, from 6-8:50 p.m.RVCC’s Fall Semester begins September 2.

Students interested in learning about the new program are invited to attend an RVCC Open House, Wednesday, May 27, from 4:30-6 p.m., in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg Campus. To register for the Open House, visit www.raritanval.edu/events. For additional information about the Open House, contact the Admissions Office at 908-526-1200 or admissions@raritanval.edu.

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Raritan Valley Community College is an educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.

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Raritan Valley Community College values all aspects of diversity including but not limited to race, sexual orientation, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, socioeconomic status, and political and philosophical perspectives. We rely on diversity to enrich the intellectual environment for students and employees. We support educational access and opportunity by recruiting and retaining a diverse college community. We foster diversity by developing and maintaining curricular and social programs that infuse the contributions of all people, and by preparing students to excel in a global society. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in the College’s Mission Statement and Strategic Goals, all of which support excellence in teaching, learning and professional development in a welcoming and respectful climate.

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