Technical Standards

The mission of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies (DARS) is to provide students with the knowledge, clinical skills, and leadership tools to become counselor educators, clinical mental health, addictions, and rehabilitation counselors, and rehabilitation service providers in a culturally diverse and global society.

The DARS has established the following technical standards for the admission, matriculation, and graduation of students. Students are expected to meet these standards with or without reasonable accommodations. These standards will be referenced during student performance evaluations (see program student manual). Specifically, students will demonstrate:

     1. Ability to develop working alliance with clients and others:
          a. Establish and maintain relationships based on shared objectives and goals.
     2. Ability to develop professional relationships:
          a. Establish and maintain collegial professional relationships.
     3. Willingness to accept and use instructor/supervisor feedback:
          a. Complete industry standard methods of instruction/supervision.
          b. Incorporate instructor/supervisory feedback into own views and changes behavior accordingly.
     4. Openness to new ideas:
          a. Adoption of innovative ideas, approaches, and/or procedures.
     5. Flexibility:
          a. Adaptation to changing demands in the professional environment, with or without direction.
     6. Awareness of their own influence on others:
          a. Ability to examine how their words and actions influence others.
          b. Appropriately responds to feedback regarding influence of their words and actions on others.
     7. Ability to deal with conflict:
          a. Ability to recognize conflicting points of view.
          b. Ability to examine their own role in a conflict.
          c. Participates in conflict resolution.
          d. Implements agreed upon resolution.
     8. Willingness and ability to express feelings effectively and appropriately.
     9. Ability to accept personal responsibility:
          a. Ability to account for their own role in problems.
          b. Ability to accept consequences and make appropriate changes.
     10. Adherence to relevant University rules, professional ethical codes, and legal standards.
     11. Understanding the consequences of criminal behavior on matriculation through a DARS program and/or obtaining professional 
     12. Ability to utilize computer technology and University learning platforms when required.