Chemical Dependency Counseling

Our new Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDC) program provides an opportunity to gain essential knowledge regarding substance abuse symptoms and counseling treatment strategies. The program is aligned with the educational requirements for the CDC Assistant, Phase 1, certification in the state of Ohio.

Help other people and society

The field of chemical dependency counseling provides opportunities to care for members of our community at their greatest time of need. Malone’s chemical dependency counseling program will equip graduates to value and practice compassionate client care through broad-based coursework and experiential learning strategies.

Opioid addiction has reached crisis proportions in the state of Ohio. Unfortunately, there is a regional shortage of qualified counselors to treat individuals struggling with addiction. Psychology majors who complete the chemical dependency program will be eligible to secure employment in substance abuse and mental health treatment centers upon graduation. Because substance abuse is pervasive and impacts all disciplines, this program will also pair well with the majors of social work, nursing, criminal and restorative justice, education, and other helping professions. 

Malone's mission is to prepare students to serve their churches, communities, and the world. The ability to equip professionals who serve populations affected by the growing chemical and alcohol dependency epidemic is one way that our chemical dependency program practically expresses the heart of Malone's mission.

Why study Chemical Dependency Counseling at Malone?

  1. After graduation, you’ll be eligible to apply for CDC Assistant, Phase 1, Certification in the state of Ohio
  2. You can explore options for practical experience in internships
  3. Pair the program with coursework from other majors to enhance the work you will be doing in other disciplines

Interesting courses

  1. Addictions Counseling
  2. Theories and Techniques of Chemical Dependency Counseling 
  3. Treatment Methods in Chemical Dependency Counseling

What jobs will I be prepared for?

After obtaining the Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant, Phase 1, certification, you will be prepared to apply for positions in substance abuse and mental health treatment centers, such as:

  1. Case Manager
  2. Counselor Assistant
  3. Drug and Alcohol Counselor Assistant
  4. Residential Assistant
  5. Recovery Coach Assistant


Malone's psychology program offers students several options related to practical experience. If you are interested in an internship, your psychology adviser will work with you to find the best fit for your skills and interests.

View Course Curriculum

The Chemical Dependency Counseling curriculum is listed in the official Academic Catalog

catalog buttonsOnce in the catalog, you can use the buttons (pictured left) located at the upper right of the page to plan your courses, save courses to your own personalized catalog, print them, and more! 

For those who wish to pursue a major that is focused on addictions work and substance use disorder, the B.A. in Applied Psychology provides this emphasis. The Applied Psychology major curriculum is listed in the official Academic Catalog.