Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning (CASAL)

Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling

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Program Overview

Named the first certificate program in the state of Ohio to earn accreditation from the Ohio Board of Chemical Dependency Counseling Professionals, the Cleveland State University Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate is a joint program between our Counseling and Social Work programs, designed to prepare counselors and social workers for specialization in addictions counseling, based in the latest research in addictions studies.  The five-course sequence (12 credits), is accepted by the OBCDP as meeting the educational requirements for licensure and can be completed in one summer semester, with course offerings in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters for optimum schedule flexibility. The program is designed to meet the academic credentials for all three levels of Chemical Dependency Counseling issued by the state of Ohio:

  • Level 1:  Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC-II)
  • Level 2:  Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III (LCDC-III)
  • Level 3:  Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC)

In addition to Levels 1, 2, and 3 as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, the CDCA (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) is another option for students, which is summarized below:

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA I) can be obtained after completing SWK 494 (undergraduate level) or SWK 694 (graduate level).  This endorsement is valid for 13 months.
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDCA II) can be earned after students hold their CDCA I for at least 10 months.  The CDCA II is renewable every two years for life.

To learn more about eligibility, application, and coursework, and supervised field hours requirements for the LCDC-II, LCDC-III, LICDC, and CDCA I and II, please visit Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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Career Opportunities

  • One of the fastest growing job markets in the mental health disciplines is chemical dependency counseling. 
  • According to an Ohio Department of Labor Task Force, there will be a large number of retirements of chemical dependency professionals in Northeast Ohio between 2007 and 2017.  This means that there will be a large demand for incoming graduates to fill the vacant positions. 
  • Students will be able to place the letters CDCA after their name, distinguish their resume, and enhance their job marketability.
  • Students who major in a field where it is difficult to obtain a license, such as a bachelor’s degree in psychology, have an opportunity to work in the field as a counseling professional.

Admission Requirements

Core courses can be taken by any degree seeking student in a behavioral science program.  They can also be taken by non-degree seeking graduate students.  All students holding a master's in counseling or social work are eligible for the certificate program. School counselors seeking updated information on substance abuse prevention can also take courses.  Undergraduate seniors in a behavioral science program or graduates from a Bachelor's program in behavioral science who want to pursue licensure can take the five courses but will need an additional 100 contact hours for the academic training portion.  This 100 hours is infused in the Counseling and Social Work curricula.

Admission Term:  Core courses can be taken by any degree seeking student in a behavioral science program, or they can be taken as a non-degree seeking student.  All students in the counseling or social work program can take courses as electives.  Therefore, no admission term is required.

Application Deadline:  No deadline.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Certification Requirements:  Certificates are processed once the Program of Study Form is completed by the student with a Faculty Advisor.

 

Course Schedule

Fall Semester Credit Hours Days and Times
CNS 501 – Chemical Dependency:  Assessment, Prevention, Treatment 4 credits Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SWK 692 – Group Work Practice (Students can take SWK 692 or CNS 623) 3 credits Mondays, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
SWK 694 – Theories and Procedures in Addictions Studies 3 credits Mondays, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Spring Semester Credit Hours Days and Times
CNS 503—Legal Ethical Issues in Substance Dependence 1 credit Saturdays (3 Saturdays for 4 hours each)
CNS 502 – Pharmacology of Addiction 1 credit Saturdays (3 Saturdays for 4 hours each)
SWK 692 – Group Work Practice (Students can take SWK 692 or CNS 623) 3 credits Mondays, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
CNS 623 – Group Process & Practice (Students can take SWK 692 or CNS 623) 3 credits Mondays, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
SWK 694 – Theories and Procedures in Addictions Studies 3 credits Mondays, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Summer Semester Credit Hours Days and Times
CNS 501 – Chemical Dependency:  Assessment, Prevention, Treatment 4 credits Monday, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. (Summer Session 1)
CNS 502 – Pharmacology of Addiction 1 credit Saturdays (3 Saturdays for 4 hours each, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Summer Session 1)
CNS 503—Legal Ethical Issues in Substance Dependence 1 credit Saturdays (3 Saturdays for 4 hours each, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Summer Session 2)
SWK 694 – Theories and Procedures in Addictions Studies 3 credits Online (WEB; Summer Session 1)
CNS 623 – Group Process & Practice (this course can be taken instead of SWK 692) 3 credits

Tuesday, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. (Summer Session 2)

 

Downloadable Forms 

Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency Program of Study 
Graduate Certificate Completion Form

 

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