School of Social Work

Chemical Dependency Courses

EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS IN THE FIELD OF

ADDICTIONS COUNSELING

CSU now offers two separate CD counseling options:

OPTION 1

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR ASSISTANT (CDCA): Students with at least a high school degree can take a 3 credit online course (SWK 494 at the undergraduate level or SWK 694 at the graduate level).  This course is endorsed by the Ohio Board of Chemical Dependency Professionals (OBCDP) as meeting all the requirements for the CDCA I (which is an endorsement by the board).  After successfully completing the course (SWK 494/694) students can contact the OBCDP, fill out an application, pay a $50 application fee, and fill out a felony history statement to obtain their CDCA I.  This endorsement is valid for 13 months. 

Students who wish to retain their CDCA must take an additional 2-credit class to earn their CDCA II.  CSU will offer this as an online 2 credit class beginning in the spring of 2015.  Students must have had their CDCA I for at least 10 months before they can apply for the CDCA II.  Obtaining the CDCA II requires another application and a $50 registration fee payable to the OBCDP.  According to current policy, the CDCA II is renewable every two years for life. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Are the CDCA classes offered above endorsed by the OBCDP?
A:  Yes!

Q:  What is the course number for the two classes?
A:  The CDCA I class is SWK 494 for undergraduate students or SWK 694 for graduate students.  The CDCA II class is CNS 465 for undergraduate students.  The course number of the graduate CDCA II course has not been announced yet. 

Q:  Do I have to have a particular major or previous counseling experience to take the CDCA I and CDCA II courses and earn my CDCA?
A:  No.  You do not have to have a particular major and you do not need any prior counseling experience to take the classes or earn your CDCA I or CDCA II. 

Q: I have a felony history, does this disqualify me from obtaining my CDCA? 
A:  Not necessarily.  The OBCDP reviews individual’s felony history on a case by case basis.  There is acknowledgement within the field that many of the best CD counselors have successfully moved away from past personal addiction.

Q: I took SWK 494/694 before the summer of 2014, does this mean I qualify to apply for my CDCA I?
A:
  The syllabus for SWK 494/694 was modified beginning in the summer of 2014 to include all of the educational content required by the OBCDP for the CDCA I.  Much of the content was included in previous semesters, but not all of the required content was previously included.  CSU intends to offer a continuing education class in the fall of 2014 to fill this gap and provide students who previously took SWK 494/694 with all of the content required for the CDCA I.

Q: Who is eligible to take these courses?
A:
Anybody who is eligible to enroll at CSU, including (a) high school graduates including those who are in recovery from substance abuse,  (b) existing bachelor or masters level students in any degree program who wish to graduate with a OBCDP endorsement, (c) community members who are interested in a first degree, (d) individuals returning to school for an endorsement to compliment their existing degree, or (e) individuals seeking to fulfill continuing education requirements.  

Q: Why would I want to take these classes?
A:

  1. This program will allow students to place the letters CDCA after their name.  
  2. It will allow students in any field to learn more about chemical dependency related issues for professional or personal reasons.
  3. It will allow students who major in a field where it is difficult to obtain a license  (such as psychology undergrad and graduate students) an opportunity to work in the field as a counseling professional.   
  4. It will provide students with necessary credentials  to obtain an entry-level job in the substance abuse field. 
  5. Given the widespread occurrence of substance use disorders, it will provide workers in almost any field the knowledge to intervene on a basic level with a client or co-worker who is impacted by chemical dependency.  This is particularly relevant for teachers, and all health care professionals including nurses, PT, OT, psychologists, and social workers.
  6. It will allow students to distinguish their resume.  For example a high school teacher applicant who also holds a CDCA credential may be very alluring to many employers.
  7. In social work, for example, it is desirable for students completing their field practicum to have a CDCA so that the student can provide a greater service to their practicum agency.

Q: What can I do with a CDCA?
A:
According to the Ohio Revised Code, this is the Scope of practice for chemical dependency counselor assistants (CDCA):

(A) An individual holding a valid chemical dependency counselor assistant certificate may do both of the following in addition to practicing chemical dependency counseling:

  1. Perform treatment planning, assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, case management, and education services as they relate to abuse of or dependency on alcohol and other drugs;
  2. Refer individuals with nonchemical dependency conditions to appropriate sources of help.

(B) An individual holding a valid chemical dependency counselor assistant certificate may practice chemical dependency counseling and perform the tasks specified in paragraph (A) of this rule only while under the supervision of any of the following:

  1. An independent chemical dependency counselor-clinical supervisor, independent chemical dependency counselor or chemical dependency counselor III licensed under this chapter;
  2. An individual authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery;
  3. A psychologist licensed under Chapter 4732. of the Revised Code;
  4. A registered nurse licensed under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code if such supervision is consistent with the scope of practice of the registered nurse.
  5. A professional clinical counselor, independent social worker, or independent marriage and family therapist licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revised Code if such supervision is consistent with the scope of practice of the professional clinical counselor, independent social worker, or independent marriage and family therapist.

(C) Perform tasks identified and listed in paragraph (KK) of rule 3793:2-1-08 of the Administrative Code as they relate to abuse of or dependency on alcohol and other drugs. These tasks may only be performed while under the supervision of one of those individuals designated in paragraph (K) of rule 3793:2-1-05 of the Administrative Code.

(D) A chemical dependency counselor assistant may not practice as an individual practitioner.

 

OPTION 2

Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate Joint Program in Counseling & Social Work: Students can take this 12-credit (5 class) certificate program offered jointly by the Education Counseling department and the School of Social Work.  This five course sequence is accredited by the Ohio Board of Chemical Dependency Professionals (OBCDP) as providing 180 hours of chemical dependency specific education in nine different content areas required for the following OBCDP licenses: LCDC II, LCDC III, LICDC, LICDC-CS. 

Currently, only students who earn their master’s degree in education counseling or social work are eligible to earn the CD certificate; however, other students are welcome to take the courses.  Students without their masters in social work or education counseling can still use the five courses to count towards the education required for licensure by the OBCDP.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHO IS THE CERTIFICATE DESIGNED FOR?
A: The certificate is designed for students in the master’s programs in counseling and social work or graduates from accredited programs in counseling (CACREP accreditation) and social work (NASW accreditation).  Upon graduation with their master’s degree, students who complete this 5 course sequence will earn a Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate from CSU. 

Q: WHO ELSE CAN TAKE THE COURSES?
A: Those holding an undergraduate degree can take these courses toward the academic hours required for licensure as a chemical dependency counselor. Seniors in the behavioral sciences may also take these courses as electives.  Currently, non-masters students cannot earn the certificate from CSU (although this may change in the future), but they can use the courses to count towards the required 180 hours of chemical dependency specific education in nine content areas. 

Q: HOW DOES THE CERTIFICATE WORK?
A: Once the student has completed the courses, the master's degree and the CDC program of study and program completion form (available at Education Student Services in the College of Education and Human Services),they are awarded the certificate.  This will cover the chemical dependency specific educational content required for the following licenses by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (LCDC II, LCDC III, LICDC, LICDC-CS).

Q:  WHAT ARE THE COURSES AND COURSE SCHEDULE?
A:
The entire certificate tentatively will be offered fall and spring of every year in the following schedule (dependent on enrollment). Courses can be taken in any order and multiple courses can be taken at the same time.

Fall Semesters
CNS 501: Chemical Dependency: Assessment, Prevention, & Treatment (4 credits)

Saturdays 9am-1pm

SWK 692: Group Work Practice (3 credits)
MONDAYS 4pm-7pm

SWK 694: Theories and Procedures in Addictions Studies (3 credits)
Online

CNS 503: Legal Ethical Issues in Substance Dependence (1 credit)

3 Saturdays for 4 hours each (can be taken same semester as CNS 502)

CNS 502: Pharmacology of Addiction (1 credit)

 3 Saturdays for 4 hours each (can be taken same semester as CNS 503)

SWK 692: Group Work Practice (3 credits)
Monday 7pm-10pm

SWK 694: Theories and Procedures in Addictions Studies (3 credits)
Online

Summer Semester
SWK 694 Theories and Procedures in Addictions Studies (3 credits)
Online

Q: IS THE PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY THE OBCDP?
A:
Yes!  CSU was first program in the state to earn accreditation.  This means that the five courses that are part of this certificate program are accepted by the OBCDP as meeting the educational requirements for licensure.

Q:WHAT ARE THE NEW LEVELS OF LICENSURE FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING AND REQUIREMENTS?
A:
LEVELS OF LICENSURE/ENDORSEMENT FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELORS

CDCA: Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

Phase I:

  • Forty (40) hours of chemical dependency specific education in the eight content areas
  •  Phase II:
  • Hold a Phase I of CDCA for at least 10 months
  • Thirty (30) hours of chemical dependency specific education in eight content areas

LCDC II: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II

  • An Associate's degree in a behavioral science or nursing OR a Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience.
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
  • 220 practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. This may be completed as part of your work experience requirements.
  • Successful completion of the ADC examination or completion of Examination Waiver Form.

LCDC III: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or nursing.
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience.
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
  • 220 practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. This may be completed as part of your work experience requirements.
  • Successful completion of the ADC examination or completion of Examination Waiver Form.

LICDC: Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor

  • A minimum of a Master's degree in a behavioral science with documentation of coursework in ten specific content areas.
  • One year (2,000 hours) of chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience.
  • 180 hours of chemical dependency education in nine specific content areas.
  • 220 practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. This may be completed as part of your work experience requirements.
  • Successful completion of the ADC examination or completion of Examination Waiver Form.

PROGRAM CONTACT:

COUNSELING: Elliott Ingersoll, Ph.D. at r.ingersoll@csuohio.edu
SOCIAL WORK: Patricia Stoddard-Dare at p.stoddarddare@csuohio.edu