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Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate


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Important Information


Short Description


The certificate program 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 substance-using clients. Certification or licensure (at the master’s degree level) for chemical dependency counselors is required by the State of Maryland. The certificate courses will fulfill the specific chemical dependency counseling course work required at the undergraduate level for both certification and licensure. 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.

Type of Credential


Credit Certificate

Program Code


311

Contacts and Additional Information


Program Coordinator:

CCBC Dundalk, Ted McCadden, D.Ed., LCADC
443-840-3783 or tmccadden@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

  • Health Workforce Shortage Program
  • Classes offered only at the Dundalk campus
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Chemical Dependency Counseling, see Portfolio, Departmental Exam, and DSST Examination. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements - While there are no program-specific agreements, see other types of agreements such as guaranteed admission, block transfer, and discounts.

Semester Sequence


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

Courses Needed for This Program*


Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 35*


Note


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

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 substance-using clients. The CMDP Certificate program includes the “core” chemical dependency counseling courses, without the general college requirements. This 35-credit program can be completed in a relatively short period of time.

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 substance-using clients;
  3. know the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs;
  4. apply appropriate diagnostics criteria for substance use 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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