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2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Dependency Professional, AAS

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of the field of addictions treatment, including its history, pharmacological actions of drugs and alcohol, co-occurring disorders, prevention and treatment, societal impact and treatment resources.
  • Describe current treatment models, interventions and effective practices for counseling individuals and families experiencing substance abuse.
  • Establish an effective relationship with each client characterized by effective communication, shared responsibility, trust and empathy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively educate and lead chemical dependency treatment groups.
  • Develop and deliver an effective relapse prevention plan, including appropriate and proven cognitive, behavioral and pharmacological interventions.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and analyze the individual cultural context of clients (individual and family, and group and community) to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse disorders.
  • Identify and practice all legal and ethical requirements and specific agency policies and practices specific to the field of chemical dependency.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of lifespan development and the application of effective treatments based on one’s developmental aspects, e.g. adolescents and elders.
  • Utilize accurate and effective chemical dependency case management skills, including assessment, client advocacy, developing treatment plans, networking, referral and documentation.



Some or all of the following are required. Talk to a faculty adviser.

  • Basic keyboarding knowledge recommended.
  • Some classes have entry requirements not listed here.

Important Notes

  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA to attain an AAS degree.
  • AAS degree programs emphasize preparation in specific job skills required for entry-level employment.
  • Not all classes are offered every quarter.
  • Coursework is highly interactive and includes field-based internships.
  • This program offers flexible registration and open-entry enrollment.
  • Prospective students with a degree or credits may enroll in individual chemical dependency courses to complete certification requirements. For information about chemical dependency professional certification requirements, visit www.doh.wa.gov.
  • The program allows you to earn an AAS degree in Human Services and complete the educational requirements needed to become certified as a chemical dependency professional in Washington State.
  • Upon enrolling in the Chemical Dependency Professional Program and beginning your preparation to become a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), complete and submit an application to become a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDP-T).The Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee application can be accessed at http://www.doh.wa.gov/ .

Specific Requirements

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