Provides specialized knowledge and training about the generalist scope by introducing students to core concepts related to chemical dependency prevention and treatment for individuals, adolescents, groups and families.
The certificate will provide students with the academic and technical training background to understand content, models, theories and research relevant to working with chemically dependent persons and their families and will prepare students for specialized entry-level employment. It is ideal for working professionals who already have a degree but are in need of the specific coursework to obtain state credentials. The required certificate coursework covers the required content areas for the chemical dependency professional credential issued by the Washington State Department of Health. (See RCW 246.811 Washington Administrative Code [WAC] Chapter 246-811.)
Employability Requirements: Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment as determined by the Washington State Department of Health.
Employability for the Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDP-T) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) is at the discretion of the Department of Health. The WA State DOH requires a background screening upon application for the CDP-T professional.
Students wishing to become a CDP are advised to apply in Quarter One for the CDP-T through the WA State Department of Health credential to ensure enough time for the DOH background check and processing in time to utilize the CDP-T credential in Quarter Three of the program.
Program Length: This concentrated certificate program is three quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements. Program completion generally takes 1.5-2 years to satisfy all degree requirements.
Prerequisite(s): This certificate is designed for employed Human Services professionals who are working to obtain their Chemical Dependency state credential, as well as students completing the Human Services degree at Clover Park Technical College. Students pursuing the certificate outside of Clover Park Technical College’s degree program must have a completed degree from another institution.
A criminal background check is performed for all students enrolled in a Human Services Internship class for the degree program in the first quarter. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students with certain types of criminal convictions may not be eligible to participate at certain internship sites.
Note: The Human Services background check does not take the place of the CDP-T application. Students are expected to have their CDP-T credential in place before Quarter Three of the program and HSCD 235 CD Practicum.
Note: PSYC& 100DIV is a prerequisite to PSYC& 200 and 220.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|PSYC& 220||Abnormal Psychology||5|
|PSYC& 200||Lifespan Psychology||5|
|HS 125||HIV, Blood-born Pathogens, Brief Risk Intervention for the Chemically Dependent||1|
|HSCD 134||Introduction to Chemical Dependency||5|
|HSCD 150||The Neuro-Pharmacology of Addition||5|
|HSCD 155||Chemical Dependency & Counseling I: Individuals & Groups||5|
|HSCD 180||Addictions Treatment: Law & Ethics||5|
|HSCD 215||Case Management & Record-Keeping for the CDP||5|
|HSCD 227||Chemical Dependency Assessment & Evaluation||3|
|HSCD 229||Suicide Prevention for the CDP||1|
|HSCD 249||Chemical Dependency & Counseling II: Adolescents & Families||5|
|HSCD 251||Relapse Prevention||3|
|HSCD 235||Chemical Dependency Practicum||3|
A study of the development and symptoms of mental health disorders. Topics covered include schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychosomatic disorders, sexual deviation, organic disorders, and the process of adjustment to stress. Attention is given to biosocial, cognitive and cultural factors and their role in mental health.
Introduces the milestones of human development from conception to death. It describes the physical, cognitive, and social growth of people, with special attention to various cultural contexts of development and the rich diversity of individuals. The content is drawn from research and theories in developmental psychology. Students are expected to integrate their personal experiences, knowledge of psychology, and their observations of human development with the content of this course. Implications for parenting, education, and social policymaking will be discussed so that students may apply course information to meaningful problems.
Material will increase student’s knowledge of HIV/AIDS & blood borne pathogens. Students will gain knowledge of the history of HIV/AIDS and related issues. The curriculum provides training in the areas of transmission, occupational safety, and standard precautions for the human services professional. Students will utilize the proper screening tools employed by chemical dependency and health agencies in the screening and intake process for higher-risk clientele and the chemically dependent.
Focuses on substance and behavioral addictions in modern society by surveying prevalent addiction trends and common co-occurring disorders. Students will gain an overview of causal factors and the consequences of addiction as they relate to the individual, family and community. A strengths-based perspective will focus on the biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors influencing addiction and recovery.
This course provides an overview of the effects of drug use and chemical dependency on the body including physiological, emotional and behavioral implications . Topics include drug interactions, brain-body chemistry, and the .management of chronic and acute conditions of drug misuse.
This course explores learning in a collaborative process that facilitates the client’s progress toward mutually determined treatment goals and objectives. Students will learn counseling competencies that will include sensitivity to the client’s individual characteristics and culture, the role of the counselor, approaches to counseling and addiction disorders, use of warmth, respect, genuineness, concreteness and empathy, and the therapeutic use of power and authority. Group dynamics and CD group counseling requirements as per the WAC and RCW will be covered.
This course examines the federal and state laws that pertain to chemical dependency for individuals, families, and service agencies, including the relevant WAC and RCW. Students will be introduced to the local criminal, civil, and juvenile court systems. Core topics include the examination and adherence of the ethical standards for Chemical Dependency Professionals in the helping relationship, including implications for clinical supervision and continuing education. Includes ethical decision-making, professional responsibilities, liability, confidentiality, records and rights of clients, professional codes of ethics, core values and personal issues, supervision, leadership, and the legal system.
This course provides basic chemical dependency case management skills of service coordination, referral practices, community services, ongoing evaluation of treatment progress, client needs, HIV Brief risk intervention for the chemically dependent, and learning documentation standards and applicable laws.
Students will be introduced to a variety of industry-standard screening, evaluation and assessment tools for both adolescents and adults. Students will be able to determine a client’s readiness for treatment & change, and have an understanding of the appropriate levels of care. ASAM placement and the stages of change will be focal topics.
This course provides an overview of contributing factors to suicidality including mental health, substance use, and lifespan development. Evidenced-based prevention strategies for adolescents, adults, and older adults are discussed including differentiations between Death with Dignity statutes for the terminally ill.
Acquaints students with culturally competent models of diagnosis and intervention for families and adolescents as well as building an understanding for the dynamics among family members impacted by chemical dependency. Provides an overview of adolescent psychology and development and family systems theory. Discusses client, family and community education for substance misuse.
Familiarizes students with the basic philosophy and techniques of relapse prevention for substance abuse and the ongoing process that involves all aspects of the person’s wellness and culture. Learn to recognize the warnings signs for relapse, the 12-step approach to recovery and general wellness concepts.
Students will work in a supervised chemical dependency agency, as approved by the internship supervisor. Students adhere to ethical and professional responsibilities as per their agency, WAC, RCW, and NAADAC guidelines. The course will provide both individual and group supervision provided by agency and instructional professionals to share experiences and further develop work–related skills. Students will complete 115 hours of supervised clinical experience.