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2017-2018 Official General Catalog 
2017-2018 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemical Dependency Counseling: A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science

CIP CODE: 5506.00

This program is designed to prepare students as paraprofessionals in the field of alcohol and substance abuse treatment. The program is also designed to provide continuing education for individuals presently working in the field. The curriculum is liberal arts based with a concentration in alcohol and drug specialization courses. Coursework is enhanced with a supervised clinical internship.

Coursework is formulated to meet the educational component necessary to apply for New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of alcohol and drug treatment facilities. Additionally, graduates can transfer to baccalaureate degree programs such as human services, counseling, and social work.

General Program Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the Chemical Dependency Counseling degree the student should be able to:

  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
  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 supervised by:
Mary Whittaker, Coordinator
Office: Titchener Hall, Room 210E
Telephone: 607 778-5321
E-mail: whittakermp@sunybroome.edu


Spring Semester 16 Credits

  • Gen Ed Elective Credits:  3
    Options to include, but not limited to:  SPK 110, PSY 210, ASL 120, 220, or Gen Ed options in Foreign Language (9), ARTS (8), Other World (6) or Western (5) Civilization, or U.S. History (4).




Students must take two Writing Emphasis W courses after ENG 110 and before ENG 220.

1Criteria for Internships:

Academic performance is not the only criterion for entrance into the internship component of the program. Professional and experiential considerations determine the appropriateness, performance expectations, and overall suitability of potential student interns. The coordinator and the chairperson of the Psychology, and Human Services Department and the ASA faculty may determine that a given student is not personally ready for internship in a given semester, even though that student has completed all the academic prerequisites for the course, and may not permit the student access to the internship until the problem in question has been adequately addressed.

Additionally, field supervisors at the provider agency may reject a candidate at the application interview for reasons they deem clinically appropriate and which they determine would make the student inappropriate for placement in that agency at that time, e.g., students not being able to comply with agency schedule. Field supervisors may also remove a student already accepted at any time during the internship if it is determined that the student is resistant to supervision, or poses a potential threat/danger to clients, or violates any aspect of the ethical code of conduct.


  1. Physical Exam
  2. TB test (PPD) and any follow up recommendations relative to the results
  3. Rubella titer test and Rubella immunization if titer is negative
  4. Hepatitus B immunization or a signed declination statement

TRANSPORTATION RELATED TO INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT: Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to agencies where they are assigned for clinical internship. Attempts will be made to accommodate clinical placement preferences when feasible and when academically appropriate. However, students should be prepared to travel to their internship placement when and wherever necessary.

FOLLOWING CLINICAL AGENCY POLICY DURING INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT: Students will be expected to comply with clinical agency policies in order to gain and maintain internship status. Such policies may include, for example, testing for tuberculosis, drug screening or policies about intern/employee drug use.

Registration is predicated on the number of internships available each semester that ASA 310/320 is offered. No guarantee exists that the number of internships will be equal to the number of students eligible for placement. The coordinator of the Chemical Dependency Program and the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology and Human Services reserve the right to deny a student an internship due to a lack of availability of a placement.

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