Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate

This program is designed to provide individuals with the skills and competencies necessary for employment as paraprofessionals in the field of chemical dependency counseling. Specifically, the program will provide instruction enabling those completing the program to function in rehabilitation or therapeutic communities, or in correctional or mental health facilities.

In addition, the curriculum provides continuing education for those currently employed in the field of chemical dependency counseling or related fields, such as law enforcement, corrections, or in mental health.

All courses with the exception of BHS 242 count toward the A.A.S. degree in Mental Health Assistant.

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDC) will be able to:

  • Identify components of the Human Services Delivery System including:
    • The roles of the various members of the service delivery team
    • Client assessment/referral process
    • The history of the human services field
  • Recognize and discriminate between normal and abnormal development and behavior;
  • Differentiate among the three major theoretical perspectives with treatment applications of each;
  • Demonstrate application of the client-centered counseling process;
  • Employ the concept and components of a therapeutic milieu;
  • Display an understanding and respect for the diversity of cultures, races, genders, and sexual orientations among clients and co-workers, and in society as a whole;
  • Exhibit the ability to use technology effectively.
  • Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
PSY 102 Interviewing and Counseling Skills 3
BHS 242 Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse 3
CDC 103 Chemical Dependency Counseling
Practicum I
CDC 203 Chemical Dependency Counseling
Practicum III
TOTAL   14

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
PSY 134 Group Dynamics 3
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
CDC 104 Chemical Dependency Counseling
Practicum II
CDC 204 Chemical Dependency Counseling
Practicum IV
BHS 201 Contemporary Problems and Issues in
Substance Abuse
TOTAL   16


1. All CDC students are required to submit a completed physical examination form prior to field placement. All immunizations indicated on the form must be current. When the form is on file, the College Health Office will issue a waiver clearing the student for field placement. Hepatitis B vaccine series is highly recommended and may be required by the placement site under the OSHA Standard on Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens.

2. Transportation to and from practicum sites is the responsibility of all students in the program, including those in the dorm. If you do not have a car, please be sure that you are able to find alternate means of transportation.