Division: Business, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Public and Human Services Academic Dept: Human Services HEGIS: 5506 Curriculum Chair: Prof. Richard Jazwinski Tel: 914-606-6289
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 the New York State (NYS) examination for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Additional volunteer and paid experience as a CASAC eligible counselor are required by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) before sitting for the exam. 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. Fieldwork courses are corequisites with some 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 which will be based on specific criteria for each course. Students in recovery from their own addiction or the effects of a family member’s addiction may take classroom courses but must have completed two years of recovery before entering field work.
Advisement Guide: The Advisement Guide provides important information to students about how best to complete this degree, including a semester-by-semester breakdown of how best to complete the required classes. Click here for the Advisement Guide’s 4-Semester Plan.