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Chemical Dependency Program

Available through part-time study, this program is designed for human service providers in addiction and non-addiction services, as well as those planning to enter the field. The program is structured to develop therapeutic attitudes and skills in the management of clients with alcohol and/or drug dependency.

THIS PROGRAM IS FALL INTAKE ONLY and is offered solely in Windsor.


  • A Diploma/Degree (in Human Services or the Health field) or a grade 12 Diploma PLUS 24 months of paid or volunteer work in the addictions field with a verification letter.
  • An interview with the Chemical Dependency Program Coordinator. Please contact Continuing Education at (519) 972-2711 or to arrange an interview.
  • SSC 160 Basic Psychology (or equivalent.)

Chemical Dependency Program Pre-requisite:
For students who do not have SSC 160 Basic Psychology (or equivalent) prior to the fall program intake, students may take both CDC 120 Basic Studies in Substance Abuse and SSC 160 Basic Psychology in the fall semester. The remaining courses must be taken in the sequence listed below, concluding the program with CDC 170 Field Practicum.

Program Pre-requisite: SSC 160 Basic Psychology
Please look under our General Education, Humanities and Social Sciences section for SSC 160 Basic Psychology course offerings.
9 Required Courses: * Courses must be taken in the sequence listed below. SSC 160 Basic Psychology
CDC 114N Introductory Studies in Addictions
CDC 112N Treatment Process in Addiction
CDC 113N Families and Addictions
CDC 107N Addictions and Communications
CDC 108N Introduction to Addiction Counselling Skills
CDC 109N Group Facilitation and Addictions
CDC 111N Addiction, Professionalism, and Ethics
CDC 110N Chemical Dependency Counselling Field Placement
CDC 107N
This course is designed to improve the student’s communication skills. Oral and written communication, especially as pertains to the addictions field will be addressed. The student will be assisted to understand the importance of appropriate documentation and will be introduced to addiction-specific report formats. Text extra.
WINDSOR 050 5097 Sep 16-Dec 9, Mon, 6:30P-10:00P, $336.00
CDC 111N
In this course we will examine the roles of professionalism and ethics in the counseling situation with specific reference to addiction and substance abuse problems. The course will include a review of the nature and importance of these concepts, their impact on the Counselor and client, and discussion of current issues. Text extra.
WINDSOR 050 5043 Sep 17-Dec 2, Tue, 6:30P-10:00P, $336.00
CDC 114N
This course provides basic knowledge about the field of chemical dependency and offers guidelines for applying this information to the management of cases. Special attention will be focused on pharmacological effects and social/psychological theories of substance use and abuse. Text extra.
WINDSOR 050 5044 Sep 18-Dec 3, Wed, 6:30P-10:00P, $336.00
CDC 110N
This field project is designed to provide students with learning experiences related to the promotion of health and prevention of addictions-related problems. The individual project will be determined by the student in consultation with the teacher. Students will discuss the progress of the project with the teacher. Students, please contact your program coordinator prior to registering for CDC 110N. Pre-Requisite: All CDC theory courses
WINDSOR 050 5042 Sep 23-Dec 16, $150.00
WINDSOR 050 1177 Jan 20-Apr 13, $150.00
CDC 112N
This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts, goals and components of the treatment process in substance abuse. The treatment process will be approached as a multidisciplinary intervention. The health care system in general will also be examined. Text extra.
WINDSOR 050 1176 Jan 7-Mar 23, Tue, 6:00P-9:30P, $357.00
CDC 108N
Basic principles of counseling, including the concepts of behaviour identification and interpretation will be discussed in this course. The student will be introduced to special issues that arise as well as having the opportunity to practice strategies and skills used by counsellors in dealing with chemically dependent clients who present with counter-productive behaviours and crisis situations. Text extra.
WINDSOR 050 1169 Jan 8-Mar 25, Wed, 6:30P-10:00P, $357.00
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Start and end dates are indicated beneath each course description.

Questions? Call:
519-972-2711 (Windsor) or 519-354-9100 (Chatham) or
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South Campus 2000 Talbot Rd. W. Windsor


Chatham Campus 1001 Grand Ave. W. Chatham


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