Chemical Dependency Counseling: Certificate
Program Learning Outcomes
- Articulate addiction etiology, assessment and treatment processes.
- Develop clinical assessments that are accurate and reflective.
- Create treatment plans that are reflective of theory and professional standards.
- Demonstrate knowledge of addiction pathology.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill in current therapeutic techniques.
- Execute clinical competencies for providing individual, group and family counseling.
- Exhibit appropriate professionalism in the workplace.
- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Intervene holistically and demonstrate use of the bio/psycho/social approach when performing assessment, case management, referrals, treatment goals and discharge plans.
- Incorporate developing research into clinical practice.
- Engage in critical thinking when planning and intervening with clients.
- Incorporate global awareness in the approach to diverse populations.
Successful completion of the Chemical Dependency Counseling certificate prepares graduates for admission to test for the New York State exam for Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (testing via International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium).
The Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate course sequence includes the 350 approved classroom hours required by NYS OASAS for eligibility to take the Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Certificate (CASAC) exam.
Students with advanced degrees or significant work experience in the field will be evaluated on a case by case basis, to determine if internship option can be waived. The internship is required for students lacking appropriate clinical hours. This program is designed as an added credential for students with degrees, advanced degrees and professionals in human service/chemical dependency field.