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If you are interested in becoming a Chemical Dependency Counselor, or working in any area of counseling or human services, consider enrolling at Suffolk County Community College.

A Chemical Dependency Counselor provides therapy and treatment for those in recovery from substance use disorders. They work in a variety of settings, including outpatient and inpatient clinics. This is a demanding career for those who wish to be of service to others. This skill is also in demand for practitioners in related health fields such as nursing, social work, and some areas of education. Here's why:

Our CDC program meets all of the education and internship requirements for the New York State credential in alcohol and substance abuse counseling.

Our CDC program is the only one on Long Island that offers fully transferable college credits, that leads to a college degree, and that allows students to transfer their credits directly to selected four-year colleges. If you are interested in a career in Chemical Dependency Counseling or any other area of counseling, your A.A.S. degree or certificate of completion in Chemical Dependency Counseling from SCCC will prepare you for immediate employment upon graduation. Many of our graduates are now working in the field, earning money, and gaining valuable experience while they continue their education.

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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 use of alcohol and mood-altering drugs would likely affect the quality of professional services offered to clients with substance use disorder. It is recommended that prospective students who are in recovery from a substance use disorder should have at least two years of sobriety 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 encourage to meet the CDC Program Coordinator or designee regarding course advisement and OASAS requirements.

      According to the NYS OASAS, as of June 30, 2013, CASAC – Trainee applicants are required to have a fingerprinting and background check completed by the NYS Justice Center.

      Admission to the program requires students to qualify for college-level English. 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

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. CDC111 is open to all students, which can be taken as an unrestricted electives.
** COM101, COM102, COM105 or COM202 are highly recommended.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
  NOTE: While students will not be prohibited from pursuing the program, students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal conviction may impede their ability to complete requirements of the program. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the program coordinator or academic chair. Please refer to the following procedure for additional information.

Program Learning Outcomes provide you with an overview of the skills and knowledge you will attain after graduating from the Suffolk County Community College's degree or certificate programs.

Contact Us

Chemical Dependency Counseling
Kathleen Ayers-Lanzillotta
Program Coordinator
Michael J. Grant Campus
Crooked Hill Road
HSEC Building
Brentwood, NY 11717
(631) 851-6594
Central Admissions
Phone: (631) 451-4414
Fax: (631) 451-4415

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.