Chemical Dependency Certificate

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Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate Program

The Chemical Dependency Certificate Program is designed to train people who wish to become a certified chemical dependency counselor in the skills necessary for assisting chemically dependent persons to alleviate that dependency. The online Chemical Dependency certificate program includes courses designed to provide students with knowledge of the field through focusing on the development of counseling skills specific to the needs of chemically dependent clientele as identified by appropriate agencies.


Requirements for Admission

  • Entrance application
  • Offical transcripts, minimum 2.5 overall GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives
Careful attention will be given to previous work experience, academic background, scholarship, interpersonal skills, and commitment to the field of chemical dependency.

Chemical Dependency Counselor Certification Curriculum

(21 credit hours)
PSYH 505  Foundations of Chemical Dependency Treatment I (4)
PSYH 506  Foundations of Chemical Dependency Treatment (4)
PSYH 507  AIDS & Ethical Issues in CD Treatment (1) OR PSYH 660 Ethics & Professional Practice
PSYH 510  Psychology of Addictions (3)
PSYH 524  Biological Systems of Chemical Dependence (3)
PSYH 513  Recovery and Relapse (3)
PSYH 655  Multicultural & Diversity Issues (3) OR Chemical Dependency Elective
For More Information, Please Contact:
Regina Shackelford


2014-15 CDC Curriculum Contract




This certificate program has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Certification of Drug and Alcohol Counselors (March, 2007). Completion of the Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate does not guarantee certification by the Kentucky Board, but provides the requisite academic background to sit for the CADC examination. All current state certification information may be found at:
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