About this course
If counseling individuals, groups and families affected by alcohol or other drug dependency is a career path that interests you, then this program is for you. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDC) provides all of the 350 alcohol and drug specific classroom contact hours and 300 of the experience hours required to be eligible for certification as a New York State (NYS) Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Additional volunteer or paid experience as a CASAC eligible counselor are required by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The courses in this curriculum are also applicable to the Certified Prevention Specialist and Certified Prevention Professional certificates offered by NYS OASAS.
The CDC curriculum includes courses and seminars during day and evening hours. Addiction Field Experience courses are corequisites with clinical courses, and the field experience is arranged and supervised by the school in appropriate alcoholism and/or substance abuse treatment agencies. Current employment may be approved for field experience. Enrollment in field work courses requires the written permission of the Curriculum Chairperson. Students in recovery from their own addiction or the effects of a family member’s addiction may take classroom courses but one year of recovery is required before taking Addiction Field Experience courses.
- A passing score on the TOEFL would be 500 or higher on the paper test, 173 or higher on computer test, or 61 or higher on internet based test.
- A passing score on the IELTS is 5.0 or higher.