Hegis Code - 5506, CIP Code - 51.1501

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 (CASAC).

     Students who have either an associate, 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) and to sit for the ICRC credentialing examination.

     For professionals in the CDC field who wish to remain current, all CDC courses meet NYS continuing education requirements for credentialing renewal. 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 because 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 required to meet with the program coordinator prior to admission to the program. Students are admitted fall and spring on a rolling basis.

FIRST SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
*♦ CDC111: Chemical Dependency in American Society 3
  COL101: College Seminar 1
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
  HSC114: Group Dynamics 3
  MAT103: Statistics I 3
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3

SECOND SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
  English Elective (ENG201 Recommended) 3
CDC115: Dynamics of Addiction 3
CDC120: Chemically Dependent Family Systems 3
** Communications Elective 3
  PSY210: Lifespan Development  
  or PSY215: Abnormal Psychology 3

THIRD SEMESTER: 14 credits Credits
CDC225: Criminal Justice System and Chemical Dependency 3
CDC230: Professional Documentation:
Data Collection, Assessment, Treatment Planning
CDC235: Techniques for Counseling
the Chemically Dependent Client
  Biology or Chemistry Elective 4
  Physical Education 1

FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
CDC242: Chemical Dependency Vocational Counseling
and Prevention/Education Programs
CDC252: Chemical Dependency
Professional Ethics and Cultural Competence
CDC246: Advanced Techniques for Counseling
the Chemically Dependent Client
CDC255: Field Practicum
or Cooperative Education in Chemical Dependency Counseling
  Physical Education 1


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.

* CDC111 is a prerequisite to all CDC courses.
** COM101, COM102, COM105 or COM202 are highly recommended.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.