Jun 01, 2020  
Fall 2015 Course Catalog 
    
Fall 2015 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S.


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

Division: Business, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Public and Human Services
Academic Dept: Human Services
HEGIS: 5506
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Richard Jazwinski
Telephone: 914-606-6289
Email: richard.jazwinski@sunywcc.edu

A Note about Program Requirements


The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2015/Spring 2016. 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.

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


  1. Apply the principles of ethical and effective addiction counseling.
  2. Demonstrate competence in organized, clear and precise written and oral communication with counseling patients and staff.

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 .

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study