Whatcom offers the following degree and certificates:

Degree:

Associate in Science (AS) - Chemical Dependency Professional (Behavioral Health or General specialty options)
Certificate: Chemical Dependency Professional
Certificate of Proficiency: Chemical Dependency Professional - Alternative Training

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within the degree and certificate templates, not necessarily in the order they should betaken.

Associate in Science (AS) - Chemical Dependency Professional

This program prepares students to counsel individuals and families with substance use disorders as a Chemical Dependency Professional in Washington state. Courses are designed to meet the topics specific to alcohol and drug addicted individuals required by the Washington Administrative Code (246-811-030).

Effective fall 2018

 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS / RELATED INSTRUCTION
Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition (CM)
 5 
 MATH& 146
 Introduction to Statistics (CP)

 or IDS 113  Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (CP)
 PSYC& 100  General Psychology (HR)
 Subtotal 15 
 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically) Credits 
 HLTH 129  Physiological Actions of Alcohol and Drugs
 HLTH 131  Survey of Addiction
 HLTH 132  Law, Ethics & Professional Development
 HLTH 133  Family Systems / Adolescent Treatment
 HLTH 134  Counseling Techniques
 HLTH 140  Counseling Diverse Populations
 HLTH 232  Treatment Theories
 HLTH 234  Group Facilitation
 HLTH 235  Case Management I
 HLTH 236  Case Management II
 HLTH 237  Co-occurring Behavioral Health Disorders
 HLTH 238  Chemical Dependency Professional Practicum
 PSYC& 200  Lifespan Psychology
 PSYC& 220  Abnormal Psychology
 Subtotal 65 
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS Option I: Behavioral Health Credits 
 HLTH 124  Behavioral Health Navigation
 HLTH 144  Essentials of Care Navigation
 HLTH 224  Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care
 or PSYC 225  Cognitive Psychology
 or SOC& 101  Introduction to Sociology
 Subtotal 12 
 OR
 SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS Option II: General CDP Credits 
 Any college level courses numbered 100 or above (recommend PSYCH, SOC, CMST, HLTH, HUMDV)
 10 
 Subtotal  10 
 Total  90-92 

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Certificate - Chemical Dependency Professional

This program prepares students to counsel individuals and families with substance use disorders as a Chemical Dependency Professional in Washington state. Courses are designed to meet the topics specific to alcohol and drug addicted individuals required by the Washington Administrative Code ( 246-811-030). This certificate is for students with a prior degree (associates, bachelors, masters).

Effective fall 2018

 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS / RELATED INSTRUCTION
Credits
 Evidence of earned associates, bachelors or masters degree from college or university accredited by a national or regional accrediting body
 Subtotal 0 
 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically) Credits 
 HLTH 129  Physiological Actions of Alcohol and Drugs
 HLTH 131  Survey of Addiction
 HLTH 132  Law, Ethics & Professional Development
 HLTH 133  Family Systems / Adolescent Treatment
 HLTH 134  Counseling Techniques
 HLTH 140  Counseling Diverse Populations
 HLTH 232  Treatment Theories
 HLTH 234  Group Facilitation
 HLTH 235  Case Management I
 HLTH 236  Case Management II
 HLTH 237  Co-occurring Behavioral Health Disorders
 HLTH 238  Chemical Dependency Professional Practicum
 PSYC& 200  Lifespan Psychology
 PSYC& 220  Abnormal Psychology
 Subtotal 65 
 Total  65 

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Certificate of Proficiency - Chemical Dependency Professional - Alternative Training

An alternative training program as a chemical dependency professional for those currently holding licensure in Washington state as: an advance practice nurse practitioner, a marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, advanced social worker, or independent clinical social worker, psychologist, osteopathic physician, osteopathic physician assistant, physician, or physician assistant.

Effective spring 2017

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
Credits
 HLTH 280
 Survey of Addiction - Alternative Training (HR)
 3 
 HLTH 281
 Law & Ethics for Addiction Counseling ALT (HR)

 HLTH 282  Pharmacological & Physiological Drug Actions (HR)
 HLTH 283  Family Systems / Adolescent Treatment Addiction (HR)
 HLTH 284  American Society of Addiction Medicine ALT (HR)
 HLTH 285
 Addiction Treatment: Individual & Group ALT (HR)
 2 
 Subtotal  15 
 Total  15 

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