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Chemical Dependency Counseling: Certificate

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Certificate Program

CIP CODE: 51.1501


The Chemical Dependency Counseling Program at SUNY Broome Community College provides a sound education to students in theory and clinical performance with a goal of readiness for credentialing through the Office of Addiction Services and Support. The program seeks to promote an instructional environment, which encourages critical thinking and effective communication, facilitates problem solving, and creates a foundation for life-long learning. Faculty and graduates act as resources to the community on theory and clinical issues and in the promotion of professional growth.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate addiction etiology, assessment and treatment processes.
  2. Develop clinical assessments that are accurate and reflective.
  3. Create treatment plans that are reflective of theory and professional standards.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of addiction pathology.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in current therapeutic techniques.
  6. Execute clinical competencies for providing individual, group and family counseling.
  7. Exhibit appropriate professionalism in the workplace.
  8. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  9. Intervene holistically and demonstrate use of the bio/psycho/social approach when performing assessment, case management, referrals, treatment goals and discharge plans.
  10. Incorporate developing research into clinical practice.
  11. Engage in critical thinking when planning and intervening with clients.
  12. Incorporate global awareness in the approach to diverse populations.

Program Supervisor

Mary Whittaker, Coordinator
Office: Titchener Hall, Room 210E
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5321

Successful completion of the Chemical Dependency Counseling certificate prepares graduates for admission to test for the New York State exam for Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (testing via International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium). 

The Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate course sequence includes the 350 approved classroom hours required by NYS OASAS for eligibility to take the Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Certificate (CASAC) exam. 

Students with advanced degrees or significant work experience in the field will be evaluated on a case by case basis, to determine if internship option can be waived.  The internship is required for students lacking appropriate clinical hours.  This program is designed as an added credential for students with degrees, advanced degrees and professionals in human service/chemical dependency field.

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