Prepare for a Career as a Chemical Dependency Professional

Chemical Dendency Studies


The Chemical Dependency Studies program provides courses to meet the educational requirements of the State WAC 246-811 for licensure of Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP). The curriculum includes topics relevant to treating alcohol and drug addiction in individuals.

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Career Paths

People with credentials in the field of Chemical Dependency Studies find employment in a wide variety of settings.

  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Outpatient treatment facilities
  • Mental health agencies
  • Correctional departments
  • Prevention programs
  • Schools
  • Social and human services organizations
 Chemical Dependency Studies

Skills & Abilities

  • Lifespan and abnormal psychology
  • Pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs
  • Treatment methods
  • Record keeping and case management
  • Cultural diversity
  • Health issues
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Relapse prevention
  • Professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Interpersonal communication

Degree Options
There are two pathways in Chemical Dependency Studies at LCC: an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), and an Associate in Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) for students who plan to transfer to a university.

Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) Credentials
Getting credentialed in Washington involves three steps, which are described in Washington Advisory Code (WAC) 246-811. The steps include education requirements, an internship, and a certification exam.

Contact Chemical Dependency Studies

  Nonnie Weaver, Social Science Instructor

   (360) 442-2677

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