Human Services - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Train to be a Substance Abuse Counselor at Alvin Community College

Do you have a passion to help people in emotional or psychological need or those that abuse alcohol or drugs? If so, a career as Human Service Professional or Substance Abuse Counselor may be for you. ACC’s Human Services-Substance Abuse Counseling Department offers students the opportunity to meet license requirements for chemical dependency counseling (LCDC) and/or to work in a variety of human services environments. Students who complete courses and field work required in each program will meet the eligibility requirements of the Texas Department of State Health Services to take the licensure exams for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.

Individual counseling session  Group counseling session

Career Opportunities

Human Services Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors work in a wide variety of settings, such as residential substance abuse programs, outpatient substance abuse programs, mental health centers, community health centers, prisons, and in private practice. Human Service Professional and Substance Abuse counselors may provide a variety of social services to people with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and people with substance abuse within governmental agencies, for-profit agencies, not-for-profit agencies, and faith-based organizations. 

The demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to be grow 23% between 2016-2026 resulting in an increase of over 60,000 jobs. There is a tremendous opportunity for bilingual Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. The Houston metropolitan region has over 300 yearly job openings with an average salary of $46,388. Highly experienced workers can earn over $70,000.

For more information on career opportunities in Substance Abuse Counseling, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum in Human Services - Substance Abuse Counseling provides theory, skills and knowledge used in the field of chemical dependency counseling, mental health and intellectual disabilities. This program will prepare you to work in human services, mental health and addiction counseling under supervision until completion of licensure requirements. Under clinical supervision, you will conduct intakes, assessments, treatment plans, and individual and group counseling to clients with addiction problems, co-occurring illnesses (addiction and mental health), on probation/parole or under the auspices of child protective. These services will be performed in inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, and within private practice treatment settings.

After completing the required courses and practicum you will be eligible to take the LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) licensure examination. After passing this examination, meeting state ethical and legal requirements and completing additional hours of supervised clinical training, you will be eligible to be licensed as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas.

In addition to general requirements for admission to the college, entry into Human Services-Substance Abuse Counseling requires an interview with the Human Service-Substance Abuse Counseling Department.

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HUMAN SERVICES - SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DAAC 1304 - Pharmacology of Addiction

3

DAAC 1309 - Assessment of Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders

3

DAAC 1317 - Basic Counseling Skills

3

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

SCWK 1313 - Introduction to Social Work

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DAAC 1305 - Co-Occurring Disorders

3

DAAC 1311 - Counseling Theories

3

DAAC 1364 - Practicum Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

3

DAAC 2343 - Current Issues

3

Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum
    (MATH 1332 recommended)

3
THIRD SEMESTER

DAAC 2354 - Dynamics of Group Counseling

3

+PSYC 2301 - General Psychology

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

DAAC 2306 - Substance Abuse Prevention

3

DAAC 2307 - Addicted Family Intervention

3

DAAC 2330 - Multicultural Counseling

3

DAAC 2341 - Counseling Alcohol & Other Drug Addictions

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3

+DAAC 2380 - Coop Ed - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

3

SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology

3

+SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking

3
HUMAN SERVICES - SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.

HUMAN SERVICES - SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
CERTIFICATE
36 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

DAAC 1304 - Pharmacology of Addiction

3

DAAC 1309 - Assessment of Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders

3

DAAC 1317 - Basic Counseling Skills

3

DAAC 2307 - Addicted Family Intervention

3

SCWK 1313 - Introduction to Social Work

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DAAC 1305 - Co-Occurring Disorders

3

DAAC 1311 - Counseling Theories

3

*DAAC 1364 - Practicum Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

3

DAAC 2341 - Counseling Alcohol & Other Drug Addictions

3

DAAC 2343 - Current Issues

3
THIRD SEMESTER

DAAC 2306 - Substance Abuse Prevention

3

DAAC 2354 - Dynamics of Group Counseling

3
HUMAN SERVICES - SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
 45
*Capstone course. 

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the Substance Abuse Counseling A.A.S. Degree program including tuition and fees are $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for students out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $300. The cost for the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor licensure examination is approximately $250.

Yearly costs for the Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate program including tuition and fees are approximately $2,500 for in-district students, $3,600 for students out-of-district, and $5,000 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $300. The cost for the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor licensure examination is approximately $250.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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