Chemical Dependency Professional

The Chemical Dependency program is for adults who want rewarding careers in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

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Students who complete the degree and an internship fulfill Washington Administrative Code requirements toward a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) certification.

Steps to Become a CDP

  1. Begin the Chemical Dependency Professional degree program at Centralia College.
  2. Become a registered counselor by completing the Chemical Dependency Trainee Application.
  3. Begin your internship (a minimum of 2,500 hours of experience is required; hours can be accumulated during your education).
  4. Pass a certification test.

When all of the above steps are completed, students are eligible to apply for credentials from Washington State as a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP).

Career Opportunities Washington State is currently experiencing a shortage of Chemical Dependency Professionals. Certified CDPs work in many different treatment settings:

  • Residential and Outpatient Facilities
  • Schools
  • Probation Offices
  • Corrections Departments
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Prevention Programs

Chemical Dependency Professional Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Total Credits: 93

Fall Quarter

  • CDP 100 Chemical Dependency Introduciton - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I OR WRT 105 Writing in the Workplace - 5 credits
  • IT 117 Introduction to Windows OS - 3 credits
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CDP 111 Counseling Techniques - 4 credits
  • CDP 250 Community Prevention - 3 credits
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition - 5 credits
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • CDP 101 Drug & Alcohol Responses - 5 credits
  • MATH& 107 Math in Society* - 5 credits
  • SOC& 101 Intruction to Sociology - 5 credits

* MATH& 146 and BUS 121 are optional math courses.

Fall Quarter

  • CDP 120 CDP Law and Ethics - 4 credits
  • CDP 140 Counseling Adolescents - 3 credits
  • CDP 230 CDP Cultural Diversity - 3 credits
  • MCST& 220 Public Speaking - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CDP 130 Assessment & Treatment Plans - 5 credits
  • CDP 210 Groups Within Treatment - 4 credits
  • CDP 220 Chemical Dependency & Family - 4 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits

Spring Quarter

  • CDP 240 Relapse Prevention - 2 credits
  • CDP 280 CDP Supervised Practicum - 5 credits
  • HR 110 Human Relations in the Workplace - 5 credits