Purpose: Certificate I in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling provides the foundational knowledge and skills related to the substance abuse counseling field. The certificate, which also includes the state-mandated 300-hour field practicum, allows graduates to apply with the state of Texas to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) Interns. All course work required for licensing as a chemical dependency counselor intern, as well as the supervised practicum training, is provided.
Program Requirements: Certification I (CERT1) is an optional certificate associated within the AAS or AA degree program that is intended to provide basic skills, identified by business and industry. Students can apply for temporary licensure and pursue employment (clinical internship) after completing the Certification I, although completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling is required for full licensure.
TDCJ Certification I completers seeking LCDC licensure must complete the required external supervised practicum after release from TDCJ, meet LCDC criminal history standards and complete required supervised clinical field work as required by statute.
Students completing the Certificate I in TDCJ custody are required to see an advisor for Practicum and Co-op options.