Chemical Dependency Counseling

Associate in Technical Arts

This Degree is designed for students who wish to fulfill the education requirements for certification as Chemical Dependency Professionals through the Department of Health in Washington State (WAC 246-811-030).

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Understand addiction and the ways it affects individuals throughout the life course.
  2. Apply key principles in developmental and abnormal psychology to the experiences of chemically dependent and addicted patients.
  3. Understand the pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with substance abuse and addiction treatment methods, addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge criteria (including American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria).
  5. Be effective in treatment planning, case management referral, use of community resources, and service coordination.
  6. Effectively utilize the techniques used in individual counseling; group counseling; and counseling for families, couples and significant others who are affected by chemical dependency.
  7. Develop an understanding of effective drug and alcohol prevention and relapse prevention programs as well as local client, family and community drug prevention education opportunities.
  8. Successful completion of 4-hour HIV/AIDS risk-intervention training for the chemically dependent.
  9. Effectively communicate orally and in writing in ways that minimize conflict and maximize clarity with diverse people.
  10. Work collaboratively with others (family members/agency representatives) to solve problems and resolve conflicts.
  11. Access and use a variety of resources and services that match the needs of the individual or family.
  12. Coach and mentor others. Others include co-workers, colleagues, and family members.
  13. Behave professionally and ethically which includes being respectful, reliable, culturally sensitive, respecting a client’s personal boundaries, the rules of confidentiality, and adhering to mandatory reporting laws.
Advisor Office Phone
Cohen, Mirelle Humanities & Student Services 344 360.475.7553

Required Courses Credits
CIS 150 Survey of Computing 4
ENGL& 101 English Composition I* 5

Choose one of the following three courses:
BMGMT 140 Business and Personal Mathematics* 5  
ECED 164 Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed* 5  
MATH Any math class numbered 100 or above* 5 5

Choose one of the following courses:  
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication* 5  
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5  
CMST 242 Career Communications 5  
CMST 253 Intercultural Communication* 5 5

Natural Sciences
BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab 5

Social Sciences
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology* 5

Chemical Dependency
HSSA& 101 Intro to Addictive Drugs* 5
HS 105 Substance Abuse Prevention* 3
HS 107 Intro to Human Services* 5
HS 110 Diversity, Ethics & the Law* 3
HS 112 Case Management for CDP* 3
HS 113 CDP Individual Counseling* 3
HS 114 CDP Group Counseling* 3
HS 115 Adolescent Addiction and Treatment* 2
HS 120 Relapse Prevention/Family Counseling* 3
HS 122 Suicide Risk Assessment & Management* 3
HS 123 Co-Occurring Disorders* 3
HS 275 Human Services & CDP Practicum 1* 5
HS 276 Human Services & CDP Practicum 2* 5
Total Credits Required 90

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog