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Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA)

CDCA students visit Judge Ballard's drug court.

Senior Only Program

Career Outlook:

Earning Potential:

Median $37,610/year

Job Growth:

+12% (Above Average)



  • Addiction and recovery
  • Assessment
  • Counseling techniques
  • Ethics and legal considerations
  • Pharmacology
  • Relapse prevention
  • Treatment planning
  • And more!

Program Overview

The CDCA Career Technical Program is designed for high school students in Ohio who are interested in pursuing a career as a chemical dependency counselor assistant. This program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to earn the CDCA credential, recognized by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Obtaining the CDCA Certification prepares students to work in addiction counseling, providing individual and group treatment interventions under the supervision of a licensed professional. In addition, the Certification process improves job prospects in human services and opens up opportunities for students who may not have otherwise worked in addiction.

What Do Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants Do?

Chemical dependency counselor assistants are healthcare professionals who work under the supervision of licensed chemical dependency counselors to help individuals who are struggling with addiction. They provide a range of supportive services to clients and help to facilitate their recovery.

Some of the tasks that chemical dependency counselor assistants may perform include:

  • Conducting assessments: Chemical dependency counselor assistants may conduct intake interviews with clients to gather information about their substance abuse history, mental health status, and other relevant factors.
  • Developing treatment plans: Based on the information gathered during the assessment, chemical dependency counselor assistants may help to develop treatment plans for clients that address their unique needs and goals.
  • Providing counseling services: Chemical dependency counselor assistants may provide counseling services to clients, either one-on-one or in group settings. They may help clients to identify triggers for substance use, develop coping skills, and work through emotional issues related to their addiction.
  • Monitoring client progress: Chemical dependency counselor assistants may monitor clients' progress throughout their treatment and make adjustments to their treatment plans as needed.
  • Providing case management services: Chemical dependency counselor assistants may help clients to access social services, such as housing or employment assistance, that can support their recovery.

Overall, chemical dependency counselor assistants play an important role in the treatment and recovery of individuals struggling with addiction. They work as part of a team to provide comprehensive care that addresses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of addiction.

Careers in this Field

Graduates of the CDCA Career Technical Program may be qualified for entry-level positions in a variety of settings, including:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient treatment facilities
  • Private practices
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Schools and universities

Additionally, the CDCA credential may provide a pathway to further education and training in the field of chemical dependency counseling, such as pursuing a higher level of licensure or obtaining additional certifications.


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