College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chemical Dependency Counseling
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5506
Interim Chairperson: Maryanne C. Pepe
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.

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
None Fall and Spring   N/A

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


Course No.


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

*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.

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 15
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
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
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