Chemical Dependency Counseling (A.A.S.)

Chemical Dependency Student

The Chemical Dependency Counseling degree program gives students a strong working foundation to prepare for a career in alcohol and substance abuse counseling.

The curriculum 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.

The department also offers a certificate program for those are already working in the field who may have completed an associate or bachelor's degree but need to obtain their CASAC.

*The program does not prepare students for practice outside the regulations of a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) as defined by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

This program is offered by the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department.

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Program Highlights

  • Degree requirements can be met through either full- or part-time study.
  • Field Experience
    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.
  • Meet our faculty.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

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.

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 2015): Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor, $39,980; Social and Human Service Assistants, $30,830.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

View employment resources specific to Chemical Dependency Counseling.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Maryanne Pepe
Department Chairperson
Brahan Hall, Room 008
(518) 629-7341

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309