Chemical Dependency Specialist Program Curriculum

Certificate scope and sequence

Core Courses

Course Abbreviation Course Title Credits
SHS 106 Principles of Interviewing and Counseling 5

Intro to beginning–level interviewing and counseling skills in multicultural settings. Demonstration of human services values and knowledge of diverse populations' needs through counseling techniques: developing relationships; identifying problems, solutions, and goals; and evaluating progress. Prereqisite: ENGL& 101, SHS 100, & SHS 103 with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Eligible for MAT 084.

SHS 108 Group Dynamics & Counseling 5

Intro to group work, including group processes, communication patterns, group and individual goal–setting, leadership and decision–making. Includes group participation, role–playing and simulations. Prereq or corequisite: ENGL& 102;

Technical Specialty Courses

Course Abbreviation Course Title Credits
SHS 150* HIV/AIDS Brief Risk Intervention 1

Includes history, trends, transmission, infection control, testing, counseling, BRI, and psychosocial issues. Meets requirements for human services and chemical dependency professionals. Approved by the WA State Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

SHS 210* Intro to Diversity in Human Services Practice 3

This course examines U.S. society and the diversity within it as well as the effects of societal structures on clients. Topics include an overview of general principles of cultural diversity and cross-cultural services delivery to individuals from many diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite or corequisite of ENGL& 102; prerequisite SHS 100, 103 with a minimum GPA of 2.0; eligibility MATH084.

SHS 215* Adolescent Development and Treatment 5

Focuses on adolescent development and concurrent social, cultural and sexual problems. Includes theory of normal and deviant behavior development, treatment theory and practice and effective use of community resources.

SHS 231* Pharmacology of Addictions 5

Overview of the effects of drug use and chemical dependency on the body including physiological, emotional and behavioral effects. Focuses on effects of various chemicals on body systems, drug interactions, and management of chronic and acute conditions of drug abuse.

SHS 232* Chemical Dependency and the Family 3

This class provides an overview of how families function as systems and examines the impact of chemical dependency upon the family system. Students will think about theories not only in terms of how well they fit for clients but in terms of their own personal histories. The theoretical models are relevant for families of a variety of cultural, ethnic, and sexual identities. Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL& 101 and MAT 084.

SHS 233* Chemical Dependency Counseling 5

This course is an overview of specialized techniques, major competencies and theoretical approaches to addiction counseling, including individual, group and family approaches. Ethical behavior, theoretical knowledge, and client diversity is stressed to become a proficient addiction professional.

SHS 235* Introduction to Chemical Dependency 5

Surveys use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs. Analyzes patterns of dependency and addiction associated with prescription, over-the-counter and illegal substances. Explores methods of prevention, control and treatment.

SHS 270* Ethics in Human Services and Chemical Dependency 5

Explores ethical behavior and analysis and utilization of ethical codes that apply to human services, mental health, and chemical dependency professionals. Covers ethical reasoning processes, ethical theory, and ethical analysis.

SHS 280* Chemical Dependency Case Management 3

Emphasis on oral and written communication skills. Formulate up–to–date, accurate, and understandable case files and records. Learn federal and state confidentiality regulations in handling chemical dependent client records. Formulate concise treatment plans in accordance with legal requirements.

SHS 296* Special Topics 1

Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.

SHS 297 Special Topics 2

Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.

SHS 298 Special Topics 3

Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.

Field Placement Courses

Course Abbreviation Course Title Credits
CDS 197 Field Practicum: Chemical Dependency 3

Supervised community–based field experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills by working in public and private agencies and organizations.

CDS 198 Field Practicum: Chemical Dependency 3

Supervised community–based field experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills by working in public and private agencies and organizations.

CDS 199 Field Practicum: Chemical Dependency 4

Supervised community–based field experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills by working in public and private agencies and organizations.

Related Instruction

Course Abbreviation Course Title Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5

Covers academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Focuses on engaging and responding to a variety of texts. Through revision and reflection, develop skills as readers, writers and critical thinkers.

PSYC& 100* General Psychology 5

Intro to the scientific study of human behavior, including learning and thinking, development, perception, motivation, emotion, personality and individual differences, social and abnormal behavior, and research methods.

PSYC& 200* Lifespan Psychology 5

Survey of human physical, psychological, and social development from conception through death. Emphasis on major developmental theories, research and research methods of studying life–span development.

PSYC 207* Development Psychology 5

Survey of human physical, psychological, and social development from conception through death. Emphasis on major developmental theories, research and research methods of studying life–span development.

* These courses meet current minimum state requirements for registration as chemical dependency counselors with the Department of Health. In addition, an associate degree or its academic equivalent in any area, and 2,000 clock hours of supervised clinical work are required to become a fully state–qualified chemical dependency counselor.

** Multicultural Counseling, Adolescent Treatment, as well as Relapse Prevention, can be taken as a SHS 296 Human Services workshop.

Total Program Credits: 66–71

Note: In order to complete the certificate, a 2.0 grade or above is required in all courses.

Contact Information

Chemical Dependency Specialist Program
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3220
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.6901 206.934.6901

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