The Chemical Dependency Counseling degree program gives students a strong working foundation to prepare for a career in alcohol and substance abuse counseling.
has been designed to meet application requirements for the Credential
in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC).
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. Transfer agreements exist for those who wish to continue their education at a four-year college or university.
This program is offered by the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department.
- Degree requirements can be met through either full- or part-time study.
- This program has an excellent reputation in the treatment community.
Many graduates of the program are employed in professional counselor positions in treatment facilities in the Capital Region and throughout New York State. Some even work as field placement supervisors for our students.
During the second year of this program, students are placed in local
chemical dependency treatment agencies and hospital-based programs
to gain work experience as beginning addiction counselors. Students are placed for two semesters in their field placements
and receive close supervision by the agency staff and Hudson Valley
faculty. Upon graduation students will have accumulated a
total of 336 work hours that can be applied towards the work
requirement of the CASAC application procedure.
- Upon graduation students will have accumulated a total of 336 work hours that can be applied towards the work requirement of the CASAC application procedure.
- Many of our students
get job offers during their last semester prior to graduating.
Graduates of the program can seek career positions such as addiction counselor, addiction specialist, addiction therapist, addictions counselor, adolescent substance abuse program coordinator.
Recent employers include: Addiction Care Center of Albany; Albany Housing Coalition; Catholic Charities; Conifer Park; Hope House, Inc.; Hospitality House; Kaydeross House; Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment Rehabilitation Support Services; and SPARC.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2012): Substance Abuse Counselor, $38,560; Social and Human Service Assistants, $28,740.
View employment resources specific to Chemical Dependency Counseling.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Interim Department Chairperson
Brahan Hall, Room 008
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223