2023-2024 Catalog

Chemical Dependency Counseling, Associate of Arts

(95 credits)

Program Description

The two-year Chemical Dependency Counseling Program is designed to prepare students for employment as chemical dependency counselors both on and off the Flathead Indian Reservation.  The CDAR (Chemical Dependency/Addictions Recovery) courses assist students in developing competencies in the professional, legal, ethical, and cultural aspects of chemical dependency counseling, including clinical evaluation, treatment planning, documentation, referral, service coordination, counseling, client and community education, and professional ethical responsibility.

The curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements for the State of Montana Licensed Addiction Counselors Program licensure and to align with the Addiction Counseling Competencies that are delineated in the Technical Assistance Publication Series #21 ((DPHHS publication No. (SMA) 06-4171). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2006.) However, as the licensing requirements vary by state and may change during the course of study, it is students’ responsibility to check the current licensing requirements in the state in which they plan to seek employment after graduation.

State of Montana Licensed Addiction Counselors Program

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, “Individuals who want to practice addiction counseling in Montana must apply to the Montana Licensed Addiction Counselors Program for licensure. The Program evaluates the applicant’s fitness to practice and assures the basic requirements are met. Applicants for licensure must have an associate of arts degree in addiction studies or a Baccalaureate or advanced degree that meets the academic standards for addiction counselors.”

For most up-to-date information about the licensing process and requirements please visit the Montana Department of Labor and Industry website at http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/lac_board/board_page.asp

 

Note: Students with a history of criminal convictions (whether felony or misdemeanor) relating to crimes such as, but not limited to, physical assault, use of a dangerous weapon, sexual abuse or assault, abuse of children, the elderly or infirm and crimes against property, including robbery, burglary and felony theft, may not be eligible for licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Students with concerns in this area should consult with the program director.

 

The College has not determined whether the program meets specific licensure requirements in other states. Students planning to work as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in another state should consult that state’s requirements.

Career Outlook

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors work in a wide variety of settings, such as mental health centers, community health centers, prisons, and private practice. Most work full time. Educational requirements range from a high school diploma to a master’s degree, depending on the setting, type of work, state regulations, and level of responsibility. Workers with a high school diploma typically go through a period of on-the-job training.

The median annual wage for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $44,380 in May 2017. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.

(Information retrieved on June 15m 2018 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm)

Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the A.A. in Chemical Dependency Counseling degree, the graduates are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge about substance abuse disorders.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of treatment models in behavior change and recovery.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply intervention and recovery knowledge to practice.
  4. Demonstrate professional readiness and an understanding of issues related to self-awareness, diversity, ethics, and continuing education.

Academic Criteria

Applicants who took MATH 103 and.or ENGL 202 or an equivalent course more than five (5) years ago may be required to complete the SKC placement testing in math and English and follow the placement recommendations issued by the respective departments.

Social Work professional core courses that were completed more than five (5) years ago will be subject to department review and may not be counted towards the degree.

In the event that a student discontinues his or her students for any length of time after being accepted and subsequently returns to finish the program, the student will have to complete the graduation requirements as per catalog year in which the re-entry occurs.

Other Behavioral Expectations

CDAR students are subject to all provisions of the SKC Student Handbook and the Social Work Department Student Handbook during their program of study. They are expected to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and to exhibit behavior appropriate to someone pursuing a career as a professional social worker. Violation of the stated codes may result in dismissal from the program, Program and college personnel are available to advise students who feel they are in a situation that may require outside assistance, and designated college personnel may suggest counseling or other such assistance as deemed necessary. Problems affecting the CDAR candidate's ability to perform the functions of a professional social worker/counselor may delay or terminate the student's progress through the Program.

Curriculum

Fall (First Year)

ENGL101English Composition I

3

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

SCWK160Introduction to Addiction Studies

3

SCWK140Suicide Awareness: Risk and Resiliency Factors

2

ELECTIVENatural Science General Education from List

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (First Year)

ENGL202English Composition II

3

PSYC110Introduction to Psychology

5

CDAR270Gambling and Gaming Disorders Assessment and Counseling in CD

3

ELECTIVEFine Arts Humanities General Education from List

3

ELECTIVENASD OPEN

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Spring (First Year)

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

MATH103Contemporary Math

5

SCLG110Introduction to Sociology

5

OR

SCLG308Social Psychology

5

SPCH100Basic Communications

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fall (Second Year)

CDAR259Chemical Dependency Assessment and Case Management I

3

CDAR262Chemical Dependency Counseling I

3

CDAR245Multicultural Competency and Ethics in CD

3

CDAR105FCDAR Writing Tutorial

1

SCWK201Introduction to Social Work

3

HMNT101Introduction to Humanities

3

OR

PHIL100Introduction to Philosophy

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (Second Year)

CDAR260Chemical Dependency Assessment and Case Management II

3

CDAR261Treatment Planning & Documentation in CD

3

CDAR263Chemical Dependency Counseling II

3

CDAR105WCDAR Tutorial

1

PSYC230Developmental Psychology

5

Total Credit Hours:15

Students planning to transfer to the Bachelor in Social Work Program should add ENGL 306, Writing Research Papers (3 credits), or PSYCH 210, Psychological Literature (3 credits)

Spring (Second Year)

CDAR251Co-Occurring Disorders in CD

3

CDAR264Chemical Dependency Counseling III

3

CDAR105SCDAR Tutorial

1

SCWK263Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances

3

PSYC361Abnormal Psychology

5

Total Credit Hours:15


Total Credit Hours: 95