Chemical Dependency Counseling

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

A chemical dependency counselor looks attentively at a woman in distress. She reaches out to gently touch the patient's shoulder.

Help people overcome substance abuse disorders with a Chemical Dependency Counseling degree. FLCC's program aligns with the New York state credentialing examination and prepares you for additional education in social work or counseling. You'll gain extensive field work experience with treatment centers in the region.

The Outlook

With the demand on the rise for professionals who specialize in chemical dependency counseling and treatment of substance use disorders, there is a growing need to fill positions in a variety of important roles in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and government and social service agencies. In our Chemical Dependency Counseling program, you'll acquire foundational knowledge and practical experience in this growing field—both of which will prepare you for employment opportunities in a counseling or case management position.

The Program

If you envision yourself in a career helping others who suffer from substance use disorders, earning your degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling from FLCC will prepare you for a position that utilizes your positive influence to create positive change for others. Our program provides you with the concepts, knowledge, and skills required by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). With your degree, you will be prepared for your New York State trainee credential, and for the credentialing examination.

As a student in this program, you'll complete a core curriculum in chemical dependency counseling. Courses range from concepts of chemical dependency to ethics for chemical dependency to addiction counseling. And, you'll also engage in field experience classes, which provide you practical experience working with clients in treatment modalities such as outpatient, inpatient, halfway houses, supportive living, and crisis centers.

You can earn a bachelor's degree from Cazenovia College at FLCC's Geneva Campus Center. This partnership gives you access to specific Cazenovia classes and professors at SUNY tuition rates. This unique opportunity allows you to pursue upper-level courses for this degree without leaving the Finger Lakes region.

Online Learning

Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. FLCC’s Chemical Dependency Counseling degree is available partially online, so you can complete courses outside the classroom. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct biopsychosocial evaluations, recognize symptoms of substance use disorders, and make a diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate group sessions that simulate education and treatment sessions for clients with substance use disorder.
  • Model professional and ethical behaviors expected by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports of a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.
  • Exhibit the skills necessary to establish a therapeutic relationship.

The Experience

In this program, you'll be required to complete 300 hours of field experience before graduation. You'll have opportunities to intern in a chemical dependency counseling role at organizations such as Canandaigua Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Referral Agency (FLACRA), Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Seneca County Addictions, Cayuga Addiction Recovery (CARS), and Finger Lakes Treatment Court, among others.

The Graduates

Upon earning your degree, you'll be prepared to seek employment as a chemical dependency counselor. As a graduate, you can also transfer on to a four-year school and pursue an advanced degree in areas such as counseling, health science, or social work. Some graduates have transferred to:

  • Cazenovia College
  • Keuka College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Empire State College to continue their education.

The Faculty

Our program is coordinated by Mary Murphy. She teaches all core classes and brings nearly 20 years of knowledge in substance abuse counseling to the classroom. Mary, who has a Master of Art in Liberal Studies, holds a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor certificate (CASAC), and continues to work per diem as a chemical dependency counselor.

Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosures:
SUNY's academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed New York State requirements. Other states may have their own requirements. If your goal is to practice in another state, please review that state's requirements. View professional licensure disclosures.

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"My career goal is to become a chemical dependency counselor. I hope to own my own facility one day and be open to anyone and everyone that needs help. FLCC was my stepping stone to reaching my dream."