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Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate

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Semester Sequence

This is a suggested schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits.


Program Requirements and Electives - 28-30 Credits

Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 28-30*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.


**See CMDP Program Coordinator to discuss CMDP 233 (3 credits) option.

Program Description

The Certificate program in Chemical Dependency Counseling is designed for students already possessing a degree in a health or human services counseling field who desire the theoretical and practical knowledge to work with chemically dependent clients. The CMDP Certificate program includes the “core” chemical dependency counseling courses, without the general college requirements. This 28-30 credit program can be completed in a relatively short period of time.

The choice of CMDP 213  or CMDP 233  is dependent on the ultimate State certification or licensure goal of the student. Please consult the program coordinator for more information.

NOTE: Certification or licensure (at the master’s degree level) for chemical dependency counselors is required by the State of Maryland. The credentialing process includes a combination of a college degree in the health and human services counseling field; course work specific to chemical dependency counseling; hours of supervised counseling experience; and passing a state approved examination. The courses in the Certificate program will fulfill the specific chemical dependency counseling course work required at the undergraduate level for both certification and licensure. Those students seeking state certification, with college degrees in areas other than health and human services counseling, may need to consider the Chemical Dependency Counseling degree program. Students may also choose to use these courses to fulfill continuing education (CEU) requirements for periodic renewal of certification or licensure.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. utilize a variety of counseling skills and abilities to function effectively as chemical dependency counselors in a variety of settings;
  2. understand addiction and the characteristics and treatment demands of chemically dependent/substance abusing clients;
  3. know the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs;
  4. apply appropriate diagnostics criteria for substance related disorders, and criteria for mental health disorders that commonly co-occur with addictive disorders;
  5. express themselves professionally, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of audiences including clients, other professionals, and external monitoring agencies; and
  6. conduct themselves professionally and ethically as chemical dependency counselors.

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