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Chemical dependency

Chemical dependency

Three-fourths of the clients served by social workers have substance abuse and/or dependency problems, but only 3% of the social workers have certifications or licensure to work with this population, according to the National Association of Social Workers.

Help break the cycle

Become a paraprofessional entering the field of alcohol and drug treatment with training related to cultural sensitivity, community resources, human behavior ethical awareness and interviewing skills.

You’ll be prepared to take the state exam to become a licensed chemical dependency counselor II, and you can continue on to a bachelor’s degree program to become a social worker.

Get started today and become trained as a chemical dependency counselor to help those who suffer with addiction, recover their lives and overcome the stigma of the disease.

Work in many areas, including

  • outpatient treatment facilities
  • detoxification settings
  • residential treatment facilities

Prepare for a career as a(n)

  • case manager
  • licensed chemical dependency counselor II
  • chemical dependency counselor assistants
  • crisis intervention assistant
  • family support assistant
  • group home worker
  • intake worker
  • mental health technician

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a chemical dependency certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in chemical dependency:

Chemical dependency certificate

Associate degree

  • Associate of applied science in human and social services

Additional Fees

  • All students are required to undergo a criminal background check.

Program-related scholarships

Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of social work theory and the behavioral sciences, NASW (National Association of Social Workers) ethics, human and social services programs, and community resources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide the following client services: intake and screening, assessment and referral, case management and outreach, documentation of observations and interventions, record keeping, and termination.
  • Demonstrate work readiness skills and professional behavior.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of personal biases and value systems that can impact the helping relationship.
  • Demonstrate employment skills and professionalism through sound work habits, responsibility, and sensitivity to the unique needs of individuals, families, and diverse groups.

Student organizations

  • Human and social services student association
  • Student connection club

Great Minds Fellowship scholarship opportunity

Through the Ohio Behavioral Health Workforce Expansion program, students interested in pursuing degrees or certificates in the areas of chemical dependency or human and social services at Stark State College could be eligible for up to $12,000 in scholarships to assist with the costs of obtaining their education, paid internships, and licensing exams. Find out more by submitting the form below.

Step 1. Apply for admission to Stark State

Step 2. Submit the Ohio Behavioral Health Workforce Expansion agreement form after you’re accepted

If you have questions about this scholarship, please email

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