Human Services & Chemical Dependency

Courses in the Human Services Specialty Program offer sound theoretical framework and practical experiences. Professionals who wish to upgrade certification can enroll in courses dealing with current practices in human services and chemical dependency. For those entering a new career, this program provides theory and practice in human services principles and arranges field experiences to exchange ideas with those currently working in the field.


Associate in Technical Arts

Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate of Recognition
Transfer/Articulation Program
  • The Evergreen State College


At the end of the program, successful students will be able to:

  • Engage in an array of people-centered work in public, private, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Assess a client, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems while maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations.
  • Create a service plan that recognizes client and community strengths.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing in ways that minimize conflict and maximize clarity with diverse people.
  • Give and receive constructive feedback as a means of continuous personal, professional and system improvement.
  • Honor the ethics of human service delivery. Ethics include personal boundaries, confidentiality, respect, trust, cultural sensitivity and mandatory reporting laws.


For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.



Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


Employment in the field of Chemical Dependency Counseling (ATA) requires:

  1. 2500 hours of internship in the related field (placement assistance provided by Olympic College)
  2. A passing grade on the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Examination level 1 or higher, or the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) level II or higher Examination. http://www.naadac.org/component/staff/?StateID=WA
  3. Licensure in the state of Washington requires a criminal background check. Individuals should consult the SECRETARY’S LIST OF CRIMES AND NEGATIVE ACTIONS available at: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/bccu/bccucrimeslist.shtml for a list of disqualifiable crimes. As well, students with less than 60 months since release from incarceration, students who have been convicted of felonies in the last 60 months, and students who have received treatment for substance dependency or abuse within the last 36 months should consult with an advisor before embarking on this program.


Mirelle Cohen
Phone: 360.475.7553
Email: mcohen@olympic.edu

Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"