Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Credential

Chemical Dependency students

The Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Credential is intended for persons seeking entry-level positions in the Chemical Dependency field, but who lack the experience and training needed for NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) credentialing.  Working under the direction of an alcoholism or drug counselor, social worker, or related professional, they help clients identify benefits and services. Additionally, they may assist with case management, counseling activities, and coordination of services.

Business Partners

Thank you to Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates.

Academic Requirements

The Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of five courses.
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ENGL 101 Academic Writing II (3 credits)
HLTH 207 Drug Studies (3 credits)
HLTH 208 Alcohol and Alcoholism (3 credits)
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
CDSC 101 Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling (4 credits)

Financing Your Microcredential

There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. The College has received a generous grant through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund to provide funding for Tompkins County residents to earn microcredentials. Our partners at Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center have grant opportunities available to financially assist residents in earning a microcredential. Several businesses in our community sponsor their employees. Financial aid is available to students that pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. These five courses can be applied towards the Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. degree.