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Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chemical Dependency Counseling
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5506
Chairperson: Theodore J. Adams Jr.
Brahan Hall Room 008, (518) 629-7341

The Chemical Dependency Counseling program prepares students to enter the field of alcoholism and drug treatment. The major is approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and has been designed to meet educational requirements for the Credential in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC). Graduates of the program are immediately eligible for CASAC Trainee certification through OASAS.

Prospective students who have a bachelor's degree or higher can obtain the CASAC-T certification by taking select courses necessary to complete those requirements. Matriculation in the degree program is still required.

In the second year of the program, students are assigned to field placements for two terms. These internships are central to the major and occur in local hospitals and out-patient clinics that provide treatment for chemical dependency problems.

Students admitted to this program typically have a special sensitivity to the disease of chemical dependency and to the range of challenges faced by recovering people. While most students in the program are full-time and working toward their degree, many are part-time, non-traditional students who enter the program to accomplish specific career objectives.

CDC students very often bring to this program a wide array of life experiences which enhances learning and facilitates self-discovery and professional growth. The diversity of the student population in this program is thought to be one of its best assets.

Students in this program may be subject to drug testing and criminal background checks at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and internship site. If the internship site determines the student is not eligible for that placement, the student may be unable to complete degree requirements.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Courses

Notes

High School Average

None

 

N/A

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $630.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

CDEP 100**
Intro. to Chemical Dependency 3
CDEP 105
Pharmacology and Physiology of Addiction 3
CDEP 200
The Chemical Depend. Treatment Process 3
CDEP 205
Cultural Competence in Addiction Counseling 3
CDEP 250**
Chemical Dependency Counseling I 4
CDEP 251**
Chemical Dependency Internship I 4
CDEP 255
Chemical Dependency Counseling II 4
CDEP 256
Chemical Dependency Internship II 4
ENGL 101
English Composition I 3
ENGL 102*** English Composition II or 3
ENGL 104*** English Composition II: Writing about Literature
HUSV 100
Social Service Systems 3
HUSV 105**
Human Develop. and the Family 3
HUSV 200
Interviewing and Techniques of Communication 3
HUSV 205
Introduction to Social Group Work 3
PSYC 100
General Psychology 3
SOCL 100
Sociology 3
Biology Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
 
Total Credits Required
61

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** A grade of "C" or better is required for program completion.
*** This requirement may be waived based on department chair approval of completion of a bachelor's degree.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
FIRST TERM
FORM 102 College Forum* 1
CDEP 100 Int. to Chem. Dep. 3
ENGL 101 English Compos. I 3
HUSV 100 Soc. Serv. Systems 3
HUSV 105 Hum Dev. & the Family 3
PSYC 100 Gen. Psychology 3
  Term Total 16
SECOND TERM
CDEP 105 Pharm & Phys. of Addiction 3
ENGL 102*** English Composition II or 3
ENGL 104*** English Composition II: Writing about Literature
HUSV 200 Interviewing and Techniques of Communication 3
  Biology Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  Term Total 15
THIRD TERM
CDEP 200 Chem. Depend. Trtmt. Process 3
CDEP 250 Chemical Depend. Counseling I 4
CDEP 251 Chemical Depend. Internship I 4
HUSV 205 Intro. To Social Group Work 3
SOCL 100 Sociology 3
  Term Total 17
FOURTH TERM
CDEP 205 Cultural Competence in Addiction Counseling 3
CDEP 255 Chem. Depend. Counseling II 4
CDEP 256 Chem. Depend. Internship II 4
  Lib. Arts Elective 3
  Term Total 14
*Required of first time, full-time students.