The Substance Abuse Counseling is a one-year certificate program that is designed to prepare students to enter the field of human services and to provide specialized services to individuals and their families who are experiencing the affects of substance abuse. Graduates of this program will have the necessary educational requirements to become eligible to register with the State of Texas and function as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDC-CI).


Submit a Weatherford College application and official transcripts to the Office of Student Affairs. Submit an application for the Human Service Provider/Substance Abuse Counseling Program. Application will be accepted starting the first business day of December through the last day of Late Registration in August.

Students will be selected by consideration of date of application and a mandatory meeting with the Program Director and/or program faculty.

Career Options

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups, or engage in prevention programs.

Sample of reported job titles:

  • Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (SA Counselor)
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor)
  • Addictions Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Assessment Specialist
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Chemical Dependency Professional
  • Clinician Specialist

Many of our students find employment with agencies where they have acquired their practicum hours. Other students have found employment opportunities by networking with other agencies and in the community.

Related Programs

Transfer Options

Articulation agreements and transferability with state universities are available.


Students have opportunities to apply for Scholarships with professional agencies supporting the treatment of Substance Use Disorder and agencies in the community addressing prevention issues.

Fees / Costs

Students will be responsible for Liability insurance cost each year attended in a practicum or internship.


Suzie-Jary Suzanne (Suzie) Jary, MSW, LCSW-S, TEP
Program Director/Professor
Human Service Provider/Substance Abuse Counseling
Office Location: HAND 203B
Office Phone: 817-598-6416
Email: sjary@wc.edu
Office Hours: By Appointment

Substance Abuse Counseling

    Substance Abuse Counseling
    Number of Credits


    Suzie Jary, MSW, LCSW-S, TEP
    Program Director