Chemical Dependency Counseling (Certificate)

Chemical Dependency Student

The Chemical Dependency Counseling certificate program is designed for those already working in the field of addictions counseling who are seeking to gain their Credential in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC), which is administered by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

Many of those working in the chemical dependency field have completed associate or bachelor's degrees but lack the CASAC credential, and this certificate program addresses that need. This certificate allows potential students to use their employment experience to fulfill the certificate's internship requirements.

The department also offers an associate degree program for those who hope to enter the field of substance abuse counseling without any prior experience.

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

  • The certificate fulfills a specific need for those working in the chemical dependency field who have not obtained a CASAC and do not need an internship.
  • Five of the eight courses in the program may be completed in an online format.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

Chemical Dependency Counseling graduates have an excellent reputation in the treatment community. A large number of our graduates are employed as counselors in local alcoholism and drug treatment programs and some of them are now field placement supervisors for our students. Many of our students receive job offers during their last semester prior to graduating.

The certificate program is new as of 2016, but recent employers for those graduating with a CDC degree 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 Saint Peters Addiction Recovery Center.

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.

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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