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CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING / A.A.S. DEGREE

Grant
Hegis Code: 5506

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: CHDPD-AAS (Day), CHDPE-AAS (Evening)
 

     This program prepares students for employment or advancement in the field of chemical dependency counseling. Graduates will have fulfilled all the educational and internship requirements set forth by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and by the International Credentialing Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) for the Credential in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAS). In addition to this degree, the individual must complete a work requirement before applying to sit for the credentialing examination.

     Students who have either a two-year degree, bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college will only be required to complete the Chemical Dependency (CDC) courses. Upon completion of the Chemical Dependency courses, students are eligible to apply for the Credentialed Alcoholism Substance Abuse Counselor-Trainee (CASAC-T).

     For professionals in the CDC field who wish to remain current, all CDC courses meet NYS continuing education requirements for recertification.

     A letter certifying successful completion of CDC courses is available from the program coordinator for students who do not wish to complete an A.A.S. degree.

     Students considering transfer to four-year institutions should consult with those colleges since transfer credit is determined by the four-year college.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     It is the expectation of this program that all students will respect the unique character of the counseling relationship and as such will reflect seriously upon the way abuse of alcohol and mood-altering drugs would likely affect the quality of professional services offered to chemically dependent clients. Prospective students who have an addiction should achieve at least two years of recovery before being admitted to the CDC program. Professional standards of conduct and adherence to the ethical principles outlined by OASAS will be required of all admitted students for continuance in this program.

     Applicants are requested to meet with the program coordinator prior to admission to the program. Applicants may request provisional admission to the CDC program prior to the admission interview.

     Students are admitted fall and spring on a rolling basis. Most students with minimum credentials are accepted. It is recommended that students apply by January 1.


FIRST SEMESTER: 16.5 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC111: Chemical Dependency in American Society 3
  COL101: Freshman Seminar 1.5
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
  HSC114: Group Dynamics 3
  MAT103: Statistics I 3
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
       
SECOND SEMESTER: 18 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC115: Dynamics of Addiction 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC120: Chemically Dependent Family Systems 3
** Communications Elective 3  
* English Elective 3
PSY210: Lifespan Development
or PSY215: Abnormal Psychology
3
SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3
       
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC225: Criminal Justice System and Chemical Dependency 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC230: Professional Documentation:
Data Collection, Assessment, Treatment Planning
3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC235: Techniques for Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client 3  
Laboratory Science Elective 4
  Physical Education 1
SOC203: Marriage and the Family 3
       
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC240: Chemical Dependency Education and Prevention 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC246: Advanced Techniques for Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC250: Habilitation and Rehabilitation of the Chemically Dependent Client 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC255: Field Practicum
or Cooperative Education in Chemical Dependency Counseling
7
  Physical Education 1
       
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 68.5
       
SEQUENCE OF COURSES: The above model is a two-year course schedule for students meeting all the program requirements and deciding to pursue full-time study. Those students requiring preparatory courses or those deciding to pursue part-time study should consult their faculty advisor for an appropriate sequence of courses. See suggested part-time sequence below.

Suggested Part-time Sequence - Day or Evening (four years)

FIRST SEMESTER: 6 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC111: Chemical Dependency in American Society 3
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3  
       
SECOND SEMESTER: 9 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC115: Dynamics of Addiction 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC120: Chemically Dependent Family Systems 3
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
       
THIRD SEMESTER: 9 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC225: Criminal Justice System and Chemical Dependency 3
  HSC114: Group Dynamics 3
  MAT103: Statistics I 3
       
FOURTH SEMESTER: 9 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC240: Chemical Dependency Education and Prevention 3
** Communications Elective 3
  SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3
       
FIFTH SEMESTER: 9 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC230: Professional Documentation: Data Collection, Assessment, Treatment Planning 3
  PSY210: Lifespan Development
or PSY215: Abnormal Psychology
3  
  SOC203: Marriage and the Family 3
       
SIXTH SEMESTER: 7 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC250: Habilitation and Rehabilitation of the Chemically Dependent Client 3
Laboratory Science Elective 4
       
SEVENTH SEMESTER: 6 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC235: Techniques for Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client 3
* English Elective 3
       
EIGHTH SEMESTER: 10 credits Credits
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC246: Advanced Techniques for Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum CDC255: Field Practicum
or Cooperative Education in Chemical Dependency Counseling
7
       
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 65

*ENG201 is recommended.
** COM101, COM102, COM105 or COM202 are highly recommended.
Part-time students should take CDC115 after CDC111.
Must be taken from biology or chemistry.
 Courses that constitute the major in this
curriculum These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
NOTES: CDC111 is prerequisite to all CD courses. 2)See Transfer Opportunities for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
Chemical Dependency Counseling 34 credits
Health Careers 3 credits
Social Science 12 credits
Mathematics / Science 7 credits
English 6 credits
Communications 3 credits
Freshman Seminar (full-time only) 1.5 credits
Physical Education (full-time only) 2 credits