Chemical Dependency Counseling

The Chemical Dependency Counseling option is a program of study for attaining an Associate’s of Arts degree in Human Services. In this program, students will complete all academic requirements necessary to complete the Montana exam for certification as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Students will receive assistance as they complete their required supervised addiction counseling fieldwork, as well as receive assistance in preparing for the certification examination, as needed.

Student Outcomes

  • Conduct interviewing, assessments, evaluations, treatment planning, therapy, and follow-up procedures.
  • Identify, comprehend, and synthesize social science academic research from original sources and demonstrate this capacity through written and oral works.
  • Deliver oral presentations and compose written compositions about issues of concern in their community in terms of identification, cause, prevention, remediation, and stabilization.
  • Apply knowledge of key theories and chemical dependency counseling techniques in supervised internship and course work.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by passing the state of Montana exam for certification as a Licensed Addiction Counselor.

***After degree/coursework completion, students must complete 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork in addition to passing the certification examination before becoming licensed (subject to change by the State of Montana).

Career Opportunities

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Chemical Dependency Counseling: Fall Semester (First Year)

AIS 150/155Nakoda/Aaniiih Lang I3
CAS 242 Fund of Subst Abuse & Addiction3
CAS 243** Substance Abuse Counseling I3
GS 110 Finding Place1
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology3
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Semester Total16

Chemical Dependency Counseling: Spring Semester (First Year)

AIS 100Introduction to AIS3
CAS 248** Substance Abuse Counseling II3
PSYX 240Abnormal Psychology3
WRIT IICollege Writing II3
ElectiveNatural Science4
Semester Total16

Chemical Dependency Counseling: Summer Semester (First Year)

CAS 191Spec Topics in AI Healing Practices1
CAS 254Co-occurring Disorders2
CAS 265Multicultural Competency & Ethics1
Semester Total4

Chemical Dependency Counseling: Fall Semester (Second Year)

CAS 250**American Indian Studies3
CAS 260**Nakoda/Aaniiih Lang I4
COMX 111Finding Place3
HMS 205Humanities or Fine Art3
M 121College Writing I4
Semester Total17

Chemical Dependency Counseling: Spring Semester (Second Year)

CAS 225**Group Couns in Subst Abuse Treat3
CAS 231**Pharmacology of Addictions2
CAS 252**Gambling & Gaming Disorders2
CAS 266Legal Ethical Prof Issues in CDC3
CAS 295Supervised Internship1
ElectiveHumanities/Fine Art3
Semester Total14
Degree Total67

Chemical Dependency Counseling: On Demand/Optional

CAS 294Licensing Exam Prep Workshop1

** These courses are offered every other academic year or every other summer.

*** A criminal background check is required for licensure.

NOTE: If placement test scores indicate refresher classes are needed, the student’s program will require more than two years to complete. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors.