A background in chemical dependency also provides a great educational start for people planning to continue their education in law enforcement, law, medicine, nursing, education, social work, counseling or psychology.
There is no field experience required at the Associate level.
All Chemical Dependency courses are offered online, with synchronously or asynchronously.
You may download the application for licensure from the AzBBHE website.
The IC&RC exam is administered by the Arizona Board for Certification of Addiction Counselors. The ABCAC can administer this exam to anyone not working within the Indian Health Service system. Call 602.251.8548 for information. The Southwest Indian Substance Abuse Counselor Certification Board (SISACCB) can administer this exam to all individuals working within the Indian Health Service system. Call 602.254.3247 for details about the SISACCB.
This program is designed to be accomplished in as few as two years.
The exam fee is $200 and the study guide is $80. You can make out one check or money order for both and send to ABCAC, PO Box 11467, Phoenix, AZ 85061-1467. If you have any questions, please call 602.251.8548.
The application fee is $250, which is non-refundable.
The Chemical Dependency Studies program offers education to persons seeking to work in the field and for those wanting to take the Substance Abuse IC&RC (International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium) exam and gain licensure as a Licensed Substance Abuse Technician. The AzBBHE requires an Associate’s degree in Chemical Dependency or Addiction with coursework covering the following content areas: psychopharmacology, models of treatment/relapse prevention, group work, working with diverse populations, co-occurring disorders, ethics, and assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
The median annual wage for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $38,520 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,140 and the top 10 percent earned more than $60,000.Read More
This degree, along with state licensure, will afford you the opportunity to work directly with those persons receiving chemical dependency treatment. Depending upon the agency, people with these qualifications may find themselves transporting clients to appointments, monitoring clients in residential treatment centers, collecting urine analysis samples, developing treatment plans, co-facilitating groups, completing intake assessments, providing individual therapy and/or working on a team to ensure clients comply with their treatment plans.
Learn more about a career in chemical dependency with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
No, Financial Aid will not pay for the examination or the licensure application, but the program qualifies for financial aid that can help cover to cover tuition, fees and books.