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Chemical Dependency A.A.S.
The Program (HEGIS Code 5506)
The Chemical Dependency Program is designed to give students the academic background and practical skills necessary to work effectively with individuals with substance abuse disorders.
Students graduating with the Chemical Dependency A.A.S degree will:
- Build a psychological foundation for helping skills
- Understand the ethics and professionalism needed for effective treatment
- Develop an understanding of Chemical Dependency and Treatment Approaches
- Learn the basics of counseling (individual and group) and helping skills
- Becoming a professional in the field of Chemical Dependency
The program consists of 63 hours of academic credit. It includes 18 hours in specific chemical dependency courses. An important feature of the program is a fieldwork placement in a chemical dependency program setting that allows students to gain practical experience. Jefferson students benefit from a variety of fieldwork placement sites that include Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions (inpatient and outpatient), Samaritan Medical Center, Pivot , Fort Drum Behavioral Health, and private counseling centers.
Graduates of the program will have fulfilled the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) requirements to complete 350 hours of education and training, and are eligible to apply for status as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T) trainee.
Career opportunities in the field of chemical dependency are strong. Graduates of this program find employment as entry level counselors, intake coordinators, administrative positions, relief staff as well as a variety of other positions available within a particular organization. Earnings will vary with type of program, education, experience, and geographic location.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an associate of applied science degree that prepares the graduate to join the chemical dependency workforce. With changing job requirements in the field of chemical dependency, many students may decide to continue their educational studies in chemical dependency or in a related Bachelor’s degree program.
Although the program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce after completing the Associate degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
Trisha Howell, Instructor for Human Services and Chemical Dependency
Ron Theobald, Assistant Professor of Human Services
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