Chemical Dependency Counseling
an Associate of Arts Degree
Chemical Dependency Counseling Associate of Arts Degree
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 courses meet all the academic requirements for the State of Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor certification and 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.)
The A.A. in Chemical Dependency Counseling graduates have two options: They can pursue the State of Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor certification or continue on in the B.S.W. Program.
- State of Montana Addiction Counselor Licensing Program – The A.A. in Chemical Dependency Counseling graduates will have completed all the academic requirements for the State of Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor certification as well as for beginning the mandatory 2000-hour pre-licensure supervised clinical internship. Students who do not continue on to the B.S.W. Program will complete their internship independently without the support and supervision of SKC faculty. For more information about the licensing process and requirements please visit the Montana Department of Labor and Industry website athttp://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/lac_board/licenses/lac/license.asp
- Continuing on to the B.S.W. Program – The A.A. in Chemical Dependency Counseling graduates who desire to further advance their education can also seamlessly transition into the SKC B.S.W. Program. The State of Montana LAC Program requires that individuals must show a certificate of completion (A.A. or higher) before they can begin their internship. Therefore, the graduates can complete and apply 450 internship hours towards their LAC field experience requirements under the support and supervision of SKC faculty while working on obtaining the B.S.W. degree. Please refer to the Social Work Program section in the SKC catalog for detailed information about the B.S.W. degree and graduation requirements.