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Basic Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate Level I

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The Human Services program offers two degrees within its substance abuse counseling concentration. The Basic Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate (Certificate 1) provides the foundational knowledge and skills related to the substance abuse counseling field. The certificate, which also includes eh state-mandated 300 hour field practicum, allows graduates to apply with the state of Texas to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LSCD) Interns. LCDC Interns are permitted to begin working in the substance abuse counseling field in entry-level positions. Completing the second degree offered within this concentration, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, places graduates on the path to become fully licensed at LCDCs once they have completed all of their Intern requirements.

Human service professionals are motivated by helping others. Effective professionals are patient, have empathy and compassion for others, and enjoy giving of themselves and working with others. Human service professionals should also be able to manage their time well and possess effective communication skills. Because of the nature of the work in this field, professionals should be mature, stable and dependable.

Many graduates work one-on-one with clients in direct care positions, while others work behind the scenes or in administrative or management positions. Human service professionals work in government- or state-funded agencies, in non-profit agencies, in residential treatment programs and hospitals, and in private offices or agencies.

Licensure – Employment in this field requires Texas licensure from the State of Texas (LCDC)

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Please contact Glen Killian at Glen.H.Killian@LoneStar.edu or call 936.273.7061 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Human Services AAS Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration.

First Semester Courses 16 Credits
SCWK 1321 Orientation to Social Services 3
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
DAAC 1417 Basic Counseling Skills 4
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 9 Credits
DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling 3
DAAC 2341 Counsel Alcohol & Drug Addictions 3
DAAC 2360 Clinical - Alcohol/Drug Counseling 3
Basic Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate Program Total 25 Credits


Note: Capstone experience is completed by a departmental exam.

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Career Options

Median wage: $33,5801

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor)2
  • Substance Abuse Counselor2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


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