Degree Programs

Chemical Dependency Practitioner AAS

64.5

This curriculum helps to develop specific skills required for effective individual and group intervention counseling for people affected by alcoholism, substance abuse, and addiction. Students completing this program fulfill all of the education and training requirements of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to become a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Four courses are required in this area of concentration after successful completion of HS241 Chemical Dependencies. The two counseling courses are AS201 Introduction to Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling and HS233 Group Counseling Skills. The individual and group counseling courses introduce the skills required to assess and treat an addicted individual or family, and to recognize the effectiveness of the individual and group modalities. AS202 Alcoholism/Addiction and Family Systems provides an understanding of co-dependency, the characteristics of healthy and dysfunctional families, and treatment of the family versus the individual. Students are encouraged to begin formative thinking in family systems concepts. The final course is AS204 Special Topics in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs.The populations include adolescents, the elderly, and women as well as individuals with multiple problems or disabilities. Special attention is devoted to ethnic and cultural differences that require different responses from the treatment community. Students in their second year may select either a counseling or a prevention track. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required.
Goals & Outcomes
  • Goal 1 To prepare students to obtain a NYS OASAS credential
  • Goal 2 To prepare students to obtain employment in the chemical dependency field, including ATOD prevention and treatment
  • Goal 3 To prepare students to be culturally competent Chemical Dependency Practitioners
  • Goal 4 To prepare students to be competent chemical dependency practitioners
  • Goal 5 To provide students with an understanding of the process and methods of social science research as they apply to the chemical dependency field
  • Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
BI103 Human Life Science 1
This course explores the form and function of human body systems for non-science students. It stresses normal and abnormal life processes as well as the philosophy and history of science including the scientific method. Laboratory exercises complement lecture topics, which include the study of cells and tissues, and the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Dissections are required in the laboratory. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
SO101 Intro Sociology
This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS101 Intro Human Services
This course provides an exploration of the broad field of human services, introduces theoretical systems for understanding human behavior, and examines professional ethics and standards. Communication techniques and procedures are stressed. A continual theme throughout is the need for self-awareness. Students complete NY State certification as a mandated reporter. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
MA108 Concepts in Mathematics
This course is a survey of mathematics for students in those programs that do not require a mathematics sequence. It provides an appreciation of mathematical ideas in historical and modern settings. Topics include problem solving, logic, geometry, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra See when this course is offered ...
OR
3.0
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or equivalent. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY203 Abnormal Psychology
This course covers the historical views of abnormality as well as current classification of abnormal behavior. It emphasizes the comparison of perspectives on causes and treatments of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS241 Chemical Dependencies
This course provides an overview of drug abuse and alcoholism including pharmacology, causes and legal aspects of drug abuse, intervention and prevention, physiology, and psychological aspects of alcoholism. The role of the professional and non-professional in counseling and intervention is examined. Emphasis is placed on alternatives to chemical substance abuse and the self-destructing behaviors that produce them. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY210 Eval/Meas-Beh Sci
This course examines research methodology in the behavioral sciences including observational and recording methods, the evaluation of performance (psychometrics), and quasi-experimental research. Emphasis is placed upon the application of the methodologies to research designs and the interpretation of psychological reports. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
HS251 Internship 1
This course provides supervised, practical experience in a human service setting. In addition to a minimum of 90 hours of field experience, participation in a weekly seminar is required. Prerequisite: Matriculation in Human Services or Chemical Dependency Practitioner program, 25 credits completed towards the degree, G.P.A. of at least 2.0, and a minimum grade of “C” in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. Corequisites: (Depending on Matriculation) HS222 Theories of Counseling or HS232 Counseling Techniques and one program elective, or AS201 Introduction to Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling and HS231 Ethics, Policy & Law. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AS201 Alclsm/Subst Abuse Counslr
This course provides a foundation in alcoholism/substance abuse counseling knowledge and skills, including practice in basic counseling skills. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in HS241 Chemical Dependencies. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AS202 Alcholsm/Addictns&Family
This course provides an in-depth look at the effects of alcoholism and substance abuse on the family system. Topics include a variety of approaches to viewing the family, a general overview of codependency, and aspects of family and codependency treatment, including how counselors can be affected. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in HS241 Chemical Dependencies. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AS206 Prev Principles for ATOD
This course covers principles underlying effective alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention strategies. A systems approach is used to give an overview of methods, goals, objectives, models, and history of prevention. The risk and protective framework provides the basis for prevention program examples. These programs are evaluated using science-based methods. Prevention ethics are discussed, with the opportunity to observe and demonstrate presentation skills. This course fulfills requirements of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for credentialing of alcohol and substance abuse prevention professionals and prevention specialists. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in HS241 Chemical Dependencies. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS231 Ethics Policy & Law
This course introduces the field of social services with emphasis on ethical and policy considerations faced by human service practitioners, chemical dependency counselors, and educators. Ethical decision making, professional competence, self-disclosure, confidentiality, and related topics are covered as they apply to working in counseling and educational settings. It examines legislation affecting the role of the practitioner and the economic security of the client. See when this course is offered ...
0.5
HS104 Id&Rpt of Chld Abus&Neglct
This course provides information concerning the responsibilities and procedures for identifying and reporting child abuse and maltreatment. Topics include the characteristics of abusive parents or caregivers, protection of children, and related legal issues. Successful course completion will meet the New York State requirement for individuals employed in positions designated as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. See when this course is offered ...
PE/CPR .5 cr
Fourth Semester
3.0
AS204 Spec Topcs A/S Abuse Trtmt
A survey of issues is covered related to legal aspects of alcohol, drug, and treatment programs, treatment of special populations, child abuse reporting, treatment in correctional institutions, specialized addictive treatment modalities, and employee assistance programs. Poly-addiction and new drugs are included. In addition, issues related to the professional in alcoholism and substance abuse treatment are discussed. Other topical issues are introduced, based on class needs and new trends. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in HS241 Chemical Dependencies. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS233 Group Counseling Skills
This course focuses on the acquisition of group counseling skills and techniques applicable for work within human service consumer populations and age groups. Issues include substance abuse, mental health, conflict resolution skills, and trauma. Group techniques and skills are practiced. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS252 Internship 2
This course is a continuation of the supervised experience in a human service setting, with greater initiative and responsibility for the provision of services. In addition to the minimum of 90 hours of field experience, participation in a weekly seminar is required. Corequisite: HS251 Internship 1 or HS253 Case Management Internship. See when this course is offered ...
Psychology Elective 3 cr
3.0
ED205 Child Development
This course examines children’s physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development from pre-natal to age twelve. Topics include childhood development theories and research, the recognition and understanding of significant child behaviors, the role of parenting and culture, the role of the teacher, influence of peers, and play. Students must complete a 15-hour child observation in a daycare setting, observing both infants/toddlers and preschool children. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY201 Learng:Behavior Analysis
This course explores the mechanisms that underlie human learning. Emphasis is placed on the examination of the behavioral approach to the study of human learning. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY204 Social Psychology
This course deals with theoretical and applied aspects of the individual in social contexts. Attention is given to interpersonal relations and group dynamics, for better understanding of functioning in social situations. Topics include conformity, aggression, interpersonal attraction, and communication. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY205 Adulthood & Aging
This course examines the adjustments faced by the individual from midlife through old age. Emphasis is placed on the effect of role changes on the individuals view of self and their ability to function. Methods to ease role transitions are covered. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY206 Theor Personality
This course investigates a variety of personality theories, including biological factors, psychoanalysis, humanism, existentialism, and behaviorism. Emphasis is placed on the contribution of each theory to the field. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY208 Death Dying & Bereavemnt
This course increases personal knowledge about death as an aspect of the life process and assesses the impact of dying and bereavement from psychosocial, cultural, and historical as well as developmental, medical, and legal perspectives. Human roles relating to the distinct needs of dying persons and their friends and families are examined. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY209 Forensic Psychology
This course examines the relationship between psychopathology and criminality, and describes the legal context in which forensic psychology is practiced. Unlike other disciplines of psychology, which are therapeutic or habilitative in nature, it is concerned with the prevention, detection, and reduction of crime. Prerequisites: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology and PY203 Abnormal Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY213 Human Sexuality
This course provides an overview of the biopsychosocial perspectives of human sexuality. It covers the personal and biological aspects of human sexuality, and its historical and cultural perspectives. Topics include sexuality across the lifespan, sexual identity development, and variation of the human sexual experience. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology. See when this course is offered ...
Program Elective 3 cr
3.0
AS207 Prev Prac for ATOD
This course covers the practice of developing and designing effective Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention education programs. Topics include the performance domains of planning and evaluation, education and skill development, community organization, public organization and policy, and professional growth and development. This course fulfills requirements of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for credentialing of alcohol and substance abuse prevention professionals and prevention specialists. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in AS206 Prevention Principles for Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs. See when this course is offered ...
4.0
AS208 Trtmnt-Pathological Gambling
This course presents a basic understanding of pathological gambling and the treatment of those adversely affected by problem gambling. This impulse control disorder is compared and contrasted with Substance Abuse and Alcoholism. This course fulfills requirements of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for CASAC credentialing. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in AS201 Introduction to Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HS232 Counseling Techniques
This course focuses on the acquisition and refinement of social work and counseling skills appropriate for the A.A.S. practitioner. Methods used with diverse client systems within a variety of settings and problem areas are covered. A grade of “C” or better in HS101 Introduction to Human Services. See when this course is offered ...
Pys.Ed./CPR .5 cr
Internship requirements:
HS251 and HS252 internship - For placement in a chemical dependency setting, students must have successfully completed or be enrolled in both HS231 Ethics, Policy and Law and AS201 Introduction to Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling.
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Courses
*OASAS required course. Students must maintain a C average in the course for certification
Program Electives
AS207 Prevention Practice for ATOD* (C) 3 AS208 Pathological Gambling* (B) 3 HS232 Counseling Techniques* 3
Psychology Electives
ED205 Child Development 3 PY201 Learning Behavior Analysis 3 PY204 Social Psychology 3 PY205 Adulthood and Aging 3 PY206 Theories of Personality 3 PY208 Death, Dying, and Bereavement 3 PY209 Forensic Psychology 3 PY213 Human Sexuality 3 (A) The prerequisite of this course is HS241 Chemical Dependencies. (B) The prerequisite of this course is AS201 Introduction to Alcoholism/Substance Abuse Counseling. (C) The prerequisite of this course is AS206 Prevention Principles for ATOD.


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