Academic Programs Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling (ADAC)
"The associate of applied science (AAS) degree in ADAC is a technical program designed to prepare the student for a career in substance abuse counseling. The AAS takes about two and one-half years to complete and the certificate takes about a year and one-half to complete. The Texas Department of State Health Services requires the minimum of the AAS to become a fully licensed chemical dependency counselor; the certificate plan is designed for the student who already possesses a completed college degree or is for the student who desires to start working in the field relatively quickly and plans to complete the degree while simultaneously working in the field of addiction counseling.
The ADAC program provides an innovative education using evidence-based theory and practices as the academic foundation for the learner. The program strongly emphasizes theoretical approaches to counseling of which include understanding multiculturalism, family systems' approaches, behavioral approaches, group and individual approaches, as well as offering education on co-occurring conditions and the most current drugs of choice.
Counseling has the ability to change an individual's life. Pursuing a career as an LCDC can be most rewarding, as well as challenging."
Midland College offers an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (ADAC) Program of study covering the 12 core functions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling. The certification program offers courses necessary to qualify as Counselor Intern with the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Associate of Applied Science Degree program offers a course of study in ADAC along with basic courses that would be applicable to a career in alcohol and drug abuse counseling.
For more information about the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program, contact:
Chesly Herd • Program Director
Rm 175A • Abell Hanger Science Faculty Building