Chemical Dependency Counseling
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
With the demand on the rise for professionals who specialize in chemical dependency counseling and treatment of substance use disorders, there is a growing need to fill positions in a variety of important roles in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and government and social service agencies. In our Chemical Dependency Counseling program, you'll acquire foundational knowledge and practical experience in this growing field—both of which will prepare you for employment opportunities in a counseling or case management position.
If you envision yourself in a career helping others who suffer from substance use disorders, earning your degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling from FLCC will prepare you for a position that utilizes your positive influence to create positive change for others. Our program provides you the concepts, knowledge, and skills that are required by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). With your degree, you will be prepared for your New York State trainee credential, and for the credentialing examination.
As a student in this program, you'll complete a core curriculum in chemical dependency counseling. Courses range from concepts of chemical dependency to ethics for chemical dependency to addiction counseling. And, you'll also engage in field experience classes, which provide you practical experience working with clients in treatment modalities such as outpatient, inpatient, halfway houses, supportive living, and crisis centers.
FLCC's online learning offers you a flexible and convenient way to reach your educational goals. With this option, you can pursue your A.A.S. in Chemical Dependency Counseling by taking at least 50 percent of your degree online. Learn more about FLCC online learning.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of addiction including concepts, causes, models, the impact on health, society and treatment.
- The ability to recognize symptoms of substance abuse and dependence, to take an alcohol and drug use history, and to make a diagnosis.
- The ability to apply group counseling skills and techniques learned in class.
- An understanding of the documents appropriate to CDC treatment for the following documents: biopsychosocial evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes and placement criteria.
- Knowledge and understanding of ethical issues related to CDC, including (but not limited to) confidentiality, boundaries, ethical decision making and mandatory reporting.
- Understanding and knowledge of treatment modalities, relapse and relapse prevention, recovery and self-help.
- Understanding of the following topics as they relate to substance abuse, dependence and recovery: culture (the student's own and the client's), spirituality, mental health and co-occurring disorders.
In this program, you'll be required to complete 300 hours of field experience before graduation. You'll have opportunities to intern in a chemical dependency counseling role at organizations such as Canandaigua Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Referral Agency (FLACRA), Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Seneca County Addictions, Cayuga Addiction Recovery (CARS), and Finger Lakes Treatment Court, among others.
Upon earning your degree, you'll be prepared to seek employment as a chemical dependency counselor. As a graduate, you can also transfer on to a four-year school and pursue an advanced degree in areas such as counseling, health science, or social work. Some graduates have transferred to Keuka College, SUNY Brockport, and SUNY Empire State College to continue their education.
Our program is coordinated by Mary Murphy. She teaches all core classes and brings nearly 20 years of knowledge in substance abuse counseling to the classroom. Mary, who has a Master of Art in Liberal Studies, holds a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor certificate (CASAC), and continues to work per diem as a chemical dependency counselor.
"My career goal is to become a chemical dependency counselor. I hope to own my own facility one day and be open to anyone and everyone that needs help. FLCC was my stepping stone to reaching my dream."