Drug Alcohol Counseling

Drug Alcohol CounselingDrug Alcohol Counseling

Associate Degree Program

Alcohol and drug addiction is a major public health problem in America. The consequences are far-reaching and affect individuals, families, and society as a whole. Our program will provide an understanding of drug use, abuse and dependence and the related personal and social consequences. You will develop skills to provide therapeutic services for people dealing with substance abuse, with an emphasis on helping them maintain recovery and prevent relapse. As a graduate, you will be prepared for entry into the drug and alcohol counseling profession and/or to continue your education at a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree. The Drug and Alcohol Counseling courses are accepted by the Delaware Certification Board and lead to partial fulfillment of the requirements for certification.

This program is offered at the Dover and Wilmington campuses.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions such as:

  • Chemical Dependency Technician
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Prevention Specialist
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries ranging from $17,000-$28,000

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Create and maintain effective and professional documents relevant to Drug and Alcohol Counseling.
  2. Interact ethically and professionally within the Drug and Alcohol Counseling field.
  3. Apply information to identify client's strengths, weaknesses and resources to create a treatment plan.
  4. Provide effective client services at an entry level by utilizing professional Drug and Alcohol Counseling principles and practices.
  5. Establish effective working relationships within the Drug and Alcohol Counseling arena.
  6. Apply basic management and leadership skills in Drug and Alcohol Counseling environments, including time management, organization, and the ability to follow directions.
  7. Utilize feedback to assess the effect of oneself on Drug and Alcohol Counseling outcomes and make adjustments accordingly.
Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.

Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details!

Campus-Specific Drug Alcohol Counseling Information

Kimberly Paoli
Department Chair, Instructor
(302) 857-1781

This program is offered at the Dover and Wilmington campuses.
This program is offered at the Dover and Wilmington campuses.

Dr. Cathrine Kavanagh
Department Chair and Instructional Director
(302) 434-5547