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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 and also for CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Certification). Graduates will be prepared to complete the written portion of the New York State Certification testing process and enter the workforce as a CASAC in training.
Using New York State OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services) standards and requirements, learning outcomes for the Chemical Dependency A.A.S degree are identified as:
- 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 60 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, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, Fort Drum Behavioral Health, and private counseling centers.
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 dhemical 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. Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs. Currently, formal agreements exist with:
SUNY Empire State College
Gwendolyn Francis-Frey, Associate Professor of Early Childhood
Ron Theobald, Instructor for Human Services
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