Mental Health/Addiction Counseling - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Train to be a Substance Abuse Counselor at Alvin Community College

Do you have a passion to help people in emotional or psychological need or those that abuse alcohol or drugs? If so, a career as Human Service Professional or Substance Abuse Counselor may be for you. ACC’s Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Department offers students the opportunity to meet license requirements for chemical dependency counseling (LCDC) and/or to work in a variety of human services environments. Students who complete courses and field work required in each program will meet the eligibility requirements of the Texas Department of State Health Services to take the licensure exams for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. ACC is a founding member of the South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). The consortium’s mission is to increase the number of minority counselors in publicly funded chemical dependency treatment centers and to upgrade the quality of counselor education.

Individual counseling session  Group counseling session

Career Opportunities

Human Services Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors work in a variety of settings, such as residential or outpatient substance abuse programs, mental or community health centers, prisons, and in private practice. The Houston area has over 300 yearly job openings with an average salary of $46,388. Highly experienced workers can earn over $70,000.

What Will I Study?

The Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling provides theory, skills and knowledge used in the field of chemical dependency counseling, mental health and intellectual disabilities. This program will prepare you to work in human services, mental health and addiction counseling under supervision until completion of licensure requirements.

Curriculum Guide - Mental Health and Addiction Counseling, A.A.S./ Certificate

First Year


First Semester

  • DAAC 1304 - Pharmacology of Addiction 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1311 - Counseling Theories 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1317 - Basic Counseling Skills 3 Course Credits
  • SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology 3 Course Credits +
  • ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3 Course Credits Δ+

Semester Credits: 15


Second Semester

  • DAAC 1305 - Co-Occurring Disorders 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1309 - Assess-Substance and Addictive Disorders
  • Drug Addictions 3 Course Credits
  • SOCW 2361 - Introduction to Social Work 3 Course Credits Δ
  • SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking 3 Course Credits +
  • Mathematics (Δ MATH 1342 recommended)) 3 Course Credits +

Semester Credits: 15


Third Semester

  • DAAC 2301 - Therapeutic Communities in a Criminal Justice Setting 3 Course Credits

Semester Credits: 3


Second Year


First Semester

  • DAAC 2306 - Substance Abuse Prevention 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 2307 - Addicted Family Intervention 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 2341 - Counseling Alcohol and Other Addictions 3 Course Credits
  • SOCI 1306 - Social Problems 3 Course Credits Δ
  • PSYC 2301 - General Psychology 3 Course Credits +

Semester Credits: 15


Second Semester

  • DAAC 2330 - Multicultural Counseling 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 2354 - Dynamics of Group Counseling 3 Course Credits
  • SOCW 2389 - Academic Cooperative 3 Course Credits Δ * **
    OR
  • SOCW 2362 - Social Welfare Legislation Services 3 Course Credits Δ * **
  • Creative Arts 3 Course Credits +
    OR
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture 3 Course Credits +

Semester Credits: 12


Total Credits Required for A.A.S. Mental Health and Addiction Counseling: 60


+ Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Pathways Advisor for proper course selection.

* Capstone Course

Δ Social Work Field of Study Curriculum

** Requires Department Chair approval

First Year


First Semester

  • DAAC 1304 - Pharmacology of Addiction 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1311 - Counseling Theories 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1317 - Basic Counseling Skills 3 Course Credits

Semester Credits: 9


Second Semester

DAAC 1305 - Co-Occurring Disorders 3 Course Credits
DAAC 1309 - Assess-Substance and Addictive Disorders Drug Addictions 3 Course Credits

Semester Credits: 6


Third Semester

DAAC 2301 - Therapeutic Communities in a Criminal Justice Setting 3 Course Credits

Semester Credits: 3


Second Year


First Semester

DAAC 2306 - Substance Abuse Prevention 3 Course Credits
DAAC 2307 - Addicted Family Intervention 3 Course Credits
DAAC 2341 - Counseling Alcohol and Other Addictions 3 Course Credits

Semester Credits: 9


Second Semester

DAAC 2330 - Multicultural Counseling 3 Course Credits
DAAC 2354 - Dynamics of Group Counseling 3 Course Credits *

Semester Credits: 6


Total Credits Required for Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Certificate: 33


* Capstone Course

First Year


First Semester

  • DAAC 1304 - Pharmacology of Addiction 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1311 - Counseling Theories 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1317 - Basic Counseling Skills 3 Course Credits
  • ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3 Course Credits Δ+

Semester Credits: 12


Second Semester

  • DAAC 1305 - Co-Occurring Disorders 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 1309 - Assess-Substance and Addictive Disorders
  • Drug Addictions 3 Course Credits
  • SOCW 2361 - Introduction to Social Work 3 Course Credits Δ
  • SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking 3 Course Credits +

Semester Credits: 12


Third Semester

  • DAAC 2301 - Therapeutic Communities in a Criminal Justice Setting 3 Course Credits

Semester Credits: 3


Second Year


First Semester

  • DAAC 2306 - Substance Abuse Prevention 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 2307 - Addicted Family Intervention 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 2341 - Counseling Alcohol and Other Addictions 3 Course Credits
  • PSYC 2301 - General Psychology 3 Course Credits +

Semester Credits: 12


Second Semester

  • DAAC 2330 - Multicultural Counseling 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 2354 - Dynamics of Group Counseling 3 Course Credits
  • SOCW 2389 - Academic Cooperative 3 Course Credits Δ * **
    OR
  • SOCW 2362 - Social Welfare Legislation Services 3 Course Credits Δ * **

Semester Credits: 9


Total Credits Required for Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Certificate: 48


+ Denotes Core requirement

* Capstone Course

Δ Field of Study Curriculum course.

** Requires Department Chair approval

First Semester

  • DAAC 2343 - Current Issues 3 Course Credits
  • DAAC 2380 - Cooperative Education - Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counseling 3 Course Credits

Semester Credits: 6


Total Credits Required for Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Enhanced Skills Certificate: 6


Approximate costs for the Substance Abuse Counseling A.A.S. Degree program including tuition and fees are approximately $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for students out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents.
Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $300. The cost for the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor licensure examination is approximately $250

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

 

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