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 impacts 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 the HIV/AIDS brief risk intervention (4 hours) 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 344360.475.7553

Required CoursesCredits
CIS150Survey of Computing4
ENGL&101English Composition I*5
PE-ED109Basic CPR1

Choose one of the following three courses:
BMGMT140Business and Personal Mathematics*5 
ECED164Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed*5
MATHAny math class numbered 100 or above*55

Choose one of the following two courses: 
ASL&121Am Sign Language I5 
SPAN&121Spanish I55

Choose one of the following courses:
CMST&210Interpersonal Communication*5 
CMST&220Public Speaking5
CMST242Career Communications5
CMST253Intercultural Communication*55

Natural Sciences
BIOL&175Human Biology w/Lab5

Social Sciences
PSYC&100General Psychology5
PSYC&200Lifespan Psychology5
PSYC&220Abnormal Psychology5
SOC&101Intro to Sociology*5

Chemical Dependency
HSSA&101Intro to Addictive Drugs*5
HS105Substance Abuse Prevention*3
HS107Intro to Human Services*5
HS110Diversity, Ethics & the Law*3
HS112Case Management for CDP*3
HS113CDP Individual Counseling*3
HS114CDP Group Counseling*3
HS115Adolescent Addiction and Treatment*2
HS120Relapse Prevention/Family Counseling*3
HS275Human Services & CDP Practicum 1*5
HS276Human Services & CDP Practicum 2*5
Total Credits Required90

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog