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Beal College's Substance Abuse Counselor Program is designed to provide participants with the skills necessary to counsel clients in the recovery process. Topics and skills include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, and community resources. Special issues are addressed including sexual harassment, gender, aging, disabilities, cultural differences, and co-occurring disorders.
Notice to students and prospective students: The Substance Abuse Counseling associate degree program at Beal College has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), due to material noncompliance with its retention rate standard of 60%.
What to Expect
The Substance Abuse Counseling program offers flexible and student-centered program options to prepare students for careers as substance abuse counselors and related fields. Our instructors represent a broad range of experience, skills and knowledge in the field. College faculty with research and training expertise, as well as experienced practitioners in drug and alcohol treatment across many demographic groups and treatment settings make up the cadre of instructors.
Meet the Faculty
Janel Cadman, LSW, M.Ed.
Janel Cadman, LSW, M.Ed. has been an instructor at Beal College for the past 5 years teaching in the Human Services & Substance Abuse Counseling programs, as well as general education classes. She has a Masters Degree in Education with a clinical focus and has been a licensed social worker with the state of Maine since 1996. Her experience is in the field of child abuse and neglect. She has served at risk children and families for the past 19+ years in a variety of capacities. Through this, she adopted one child and is currently raising two others. Her personal passion is to travel, doing missionary work and getting to know people from around the world. Janel also serves as the externship coordinator for the Human Services Assisting and Substance Abuse Counseling programs.
Russ DuBois, MA, LADC, CCS, MHRT III, MAC
Russ DuBois, MA, LADC, CCS, MHRT III, MAC has worked in the Human Services/Substance Abuse field since 1980. Russ holds a Bachelors of Art and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Norwich University. He has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 1985; Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician III (MHRT III) since 2000; Master Addiction Counselor Certification (MAC) since 2000; Certified as an Instructor for the Unimpaired program since 2001; Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) since 2004; a Member of the Maine Gambling Addiction Network since 2010; and Driver Education Evaluation Program Provider since 2011. Russ is also affiliated with NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professional (1991) and American Substance Abuse Professionals since 2003.
Russ has been with Beal College since January of 2011 teaching Human Services Assisting classes as well as Substance Abuse Counseling and general education classes.
Terry Melanson, LCSW
Terry Melanson, LCSW has over 35 years in the Human Services field. For 18 years she worked as a case manager and therapist for child abuse cases. For 14 years she has been a supervisor with inpatient psychiatry care unit. She has also worked for 6 years as a therapist with the homeless and for the last 4 years working in the gerontology field. Terry’s work history has afforded her a wide variety of experience from case management to supervision in various components of the human services field. She currently is working with Alzheimer’s/dementia and the ageing population. A great deal of Terry’s work has been with PTSD and trauma patients.
Susan Polyot, M.Ed., LADC, CCS, CEAP
Susan Polyot, M.Ed., LADC, CCS, CEAP is the Employee Assistance Program Coordinator for Pen Bay Healthcare in Rockport. Susan also provides counseling and consulting services related to substance abuse through a private practice she maintains in Bangor. She has worked in both residential and outpatient substance abuse programs as a clinician and trainer. At Beal, Susan teaches courses in Substance Abuse, Ethics, and Trauma, among others. Susan has specialized training in trauma and has been published in The Journal of Employee Assistance, Developing a Trauma-Informed EAP Assessment. Susan has a Masters degree in Counselor Education, is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Employee Assistance Professional. She has worked in the fields of Substance Abuse and Employee Assistance for over 30 years. Susan is the Program director for the Human Services Assisting and Substance Abuse Counseling programs.
Larry Tyler, M.Ed., LADC, CCS
Larry Tyler, M.Ed., LADC, CCS, is the Coordinator of the Penquis Regional Linking Project, a program that assists over thirty collaborative service providers in Penobscot and Piscataquis County by promoting the work of these agencies and helping families access services. With 45 years of experience in the social services field as a counselor, trainer, administrator, consultant, and clinical supervisor, he has worked in both the mental health and addictions field with a wide range of clients. As a treatment specialist for the State Office of Substance Abuse, he provided technical assistance to programs statewide. He taught courses for 25 years at the New England Institute of Addiction Studies, has presented scores of trainings regionally, and has been a clinical supervisor since 1983. Working in outpatient, residential, private practice and institutional settings, he developed a residential addictions program for adolescents, created a batterer intervention program in Rockland, and established the first outpatient program for co-occurring disorders in Maine.
Substance Abuse Counselors work to provide support to individuals and groups entering and living the recovery process. These skills can be applied in a variety of settings including day programs, counseling programs, re-entry centers, detention facilities and hospitals. Both program options are designed to meet the requirements necessary to qualify graduates to sit for the CADC (certified alcohol and drug counselor) examination.