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  Jan 18, 2018
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Human Services - Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency Counseling - Associate of Technical Arts Degree

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PGM Code – 437T

Program Description This program of study provides the foundation, knowledge and skills to effectively work with individuals and families experiencing difficulties resulting from drug use, misuse or dependency. Successful completion of this degree will enable the graduate to satisfy the State of Washington educational requirements for Chemical Dependency Professionals.

Note A Washington State background check is required for entrance into this vocation and some limitations are in effect for those with former felony convictions. If you have questions about this, please contact the department advisor or the Department of Health directly.

Common Course Numbering  Please refer to for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements This ATA degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 95 credits as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning degrees and certificates of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by completing courses marked as “CD” on the requirement sheet and/or “Meets Cultural Diversity Requirement” in the quarterly class schedule. Those courses may also be used to fulfill other requirements of the degree or certificate.

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser.

College Resources
College Website |
How to Enroll |
Transfer Center |
College Bookstore |
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

The advisers for this program are
Karen Townsend | | 425.640.1595
Tui Lindsey | | 425.640.1633
Paul Ancona | | 425.640.1605

Department website
Social and Human Services |

Advising Note

This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

I. General Education/Related Instruction Requirements (12-14 credits)

A. Communication Skills (5 credits)

B. Quantitative Skills (3-5 credits)

C. Human Relations/Group Interaction (4 credits)

Cultural Diversity Requirement

____Cultural Diversity Requirement met.

General Education/Related Instruction Requirements Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate General Education/Related Instruction Learning Outcomes in each of the following areas:

Communication Skills: Write in clear, effective ways, adapted to audience, context, and purpose.
Quantitative Skills: Apply mathematical, quantitative or symbolic models to solve problems, draw inferences, or support conclusions appropriate to an individual discipline.
Human Relations/Group Interaction: Identify and explain how to apply the skills needed to maintain effective working relationships in multicultural settings.
Cultural Diversity: Apply multiple perspectives when examining cultural differences and interacting in multicultural settings.

Program Requirements Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Program Requirements for this degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and treatment of chemical dependency, including knowledge of the motivation of change, physiology of addiction and professional issues
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively work with consumers using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, ethical procedures and crisis management techniques. escribe a range of evidence-based practice methods, including principles, strategies and techniques used to assist consumers in reaching their service goals
  • Demonstrate ability in case management tasks such as assessment, treatment planning, documentation, and referral procedures.
  • Career Management: Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities, prepare an effective employment package, and present oneself positively in a job interview.


Course Note

Not all courses are offered every quarter. Some elective courses are offered only once a year. Students are strongly urged to consult with their faculty adviser regarding their career objectives, interests, and schedule planning.


Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

Eff: summer 2012  |  Rev: 06/12

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