Chemical Dependency Counseling

The Degree

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

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 the concepts, knowledge, and skills that are required by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (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.

Online Learning

FLCC's online learning offers you a flexible and convenient way to reach your educational goals. With this option, you can pursue your A.A.S. in Chemical Dependency Counseling by taking at least 50 percent of your degree online. 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 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services 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 Keuka College, SUNY Brockport, and 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.

Briona McBride

"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."