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.

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 & Alcoholism
3 credits

PSYC 103     Introduction to Psychology
3 credits

CDSC 101     Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling
4 credits

Academic Writing II

This course develops and refines student writing in an academic context. Students engage and respond to challenging texts as they develop critical thinking skills. They learn to support their ideas with credible, authoritative information from academic sources and to recognize audience, purpose, and bias. Special sections may center on a theme. ENGL 101 fulfills the SUNY General Education Basic Communication requirement.

Drug Studies

This course deals with current problems, views, and attitudes concerning psychoactive drugs and their usage. Students explore the effects of drugs on human physiology and interpersonal functioning. They are encouraged to consider their own relationship with chemicals and to evaluate information related to specific subject matter.

Alcohol and Alcoholism

This course is a basic study of the drug alcohol and the disease alcoholism. All facets of the subject are discussed, including the sociological, psychological, and physiological. Experts who represent various areas, such as the medical profession, the law, rehabilitation, counseling, and psychiatry are called upon to share their knowledge and expertise with the class. An honest and practical look is taken at a drug affecting most of us in some way.

Introduction to Psychology

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Prevalent psychological theories and research will be introduced. Topics may include: psychological research, biology and behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, cognition, development, emotion, motivation, personality, mental disorders, therapy and social psychology.

Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling

This course is designed to provide an introduction to clinical interviewing and substance abuse counseling. Students explore and practice basic and essential dimensions of interviewing techniques, methodology, and applications. Students gain insight into theoretical, practical, and ethical issues associated with chemical dependency counseling. Guidelines associated with core skills of the helping relationship and confidentiality are explored.