Human Services: Chemical Dependency Specialist Certificate

Introduces students to basic concepts related to chemical dependency prevention and treatment.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 3

Estimated Cost: $4,027.40

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with the Instructors. Must possess a minimum of an associate’s degree and consent to a background check. Students must consent to and receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons. Students are advised, a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons is generally required by agencies offering internship or employment. Students who do not meet the internship site requirement will be dropped from the course. Note: PSYC& 100DIV is a prerequisite to PSYC& 200 and 220.

The certificate will provide students with the academic background to understand content, models, theories and research relevant to working with chemically dependent persons and their families and will prepare students for entry-level employment. It is ideal for working professionals who already have a degree but are in need of the specific coursework to obtain state credentials. The required certificate coursework covers most of the content areas required for the chemical dependency professional credential issued by the Washington State Department of Health. (See RCW 246.811 Washington Administrative Code [WAC] Chapter 246-811.)

This certificate has an Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) enrollment option designed specifically for adults at the basic skills level. Initial eligibility is determined by qualifying CASAS scores of 225-255 in reading and/or math and a minimum of 225 in CASAS listening for English language learners. Students who wish to enter the Human Services program and earn one of the degree options after completing the I-BEST Chemical Dependency Specialist program must complete the appropriate core requirements as outlined in the college catalog. Students should meet with an advisor during their I-BEST participation to develop their Education Plan. For detailed information contact the I-BEST program specialist at 253-589-5524.

Employability Requirement: A background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state certification. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment.

Program Length: This accelerated certificate program is approximately three quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with the instructors. Must possess a minimum of an associate’s degree. Students must consent to and receive a “No Record on File” report related to Crimes Against Persons. Note: PSYC& 100DIV is a prerequisite to PSYC& 200 and 220.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
HSCD 135 Introduction to Chemical Dependency 3
HSCD 140 Ethics for Chemical Dependency 2
HSCD 145 Physiological Actions of Alcohol & Drugs 3
HSCD 155 Chemical Dependency & Counseling I: Individuals & Groups 5
HSCD 215 Case Management & Recordkeeping for the CDP 5
HSCD 226 Chemical Dependency & Assessment 2
HSCD 228  Chemical Dependency & the Law 2
HSCD 249 Chemical Dependency & Counseling II: Adolescents & Family 5
HSCD 251 Relapse Prevention 3
  Total Credits for Completion 40