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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
Fall 2017 Course Catalog

Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S.


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School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Professional Careers
HEGIS: 5506
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Richard Jazwinski
Telephone: 914-606-6289
Email: richard.jazwinski@sunywcc.edu

 

Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined

The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more  about the differences among award types.

Program Description


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.

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of ethical and effective addiction counseling using organized, clear and precise written and oral communication skills.
  2. Demonstrate competency and broad foundational knowledge in the general education curriculum as required by Westchester Community College.

Program Requirements


General Education Requirements - 24 Credits


Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of  SUNY General Education Courses .

Basic Communication (3 credits)


Humanities (3 credits)


Mathematics (3 credits)


The Arts, Foreign Language, or Other World Civilizations (3 credits)


  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    The Arts - see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Foreign Language - see SUNY General Education Courses   
                    Other World Civilizations - SUNY General Education Courses   

American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)


  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    American History - see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Western Civilization - see SUNY General Education Courses  

Minimum Total Credits - 61


Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .

Career Path Opportunities


Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.

Transfer Opportunities


Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.

Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors!  Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.

Getting Started


Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.
 

 

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