How to become an LCDC

Do you have a strong desire to help others? 

Do you want to make a difference in someone's life?

 Become an LCDC- a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor!

Licensure information:

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) :

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program
Texas Department of State Health Services MC-1982
Mail Code 1982 
P.O. Box 149347
Austin , Texas 78714-9347

Telephone: (512) 834-6605 or 1-800-832-9623
Fax: (512) 834-6677


Counselor courses/degree programs offered in San Angelo:

Howard College- counselor education courses:

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice, Chemical Dependence Counseling


Education requirements:

         Minimum of 60 credit hours, or approved 2-year degree

         Minimum of 270 classroom hours in chemical dependency

         300-hour practicum in the field of chemical dependency or an official college transcript showing an approved degree, which will waive the practicum requirements

Courses approved by DSHS are those that study addictions, counseling theories and techniques, dual diagnosis assessments and treatment, and upper division courses in the study of human behavior/development or service delivery.  Other courses may be considered on a case by case basis by submitting the course description or syllabus.

Counselor Intern:

         Counselor Intern (CI) must submit the Licensure Application form through Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

         Complete 4,000 hours of internship at approved site (such as ADACCV- takes about 2 years)

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor:

         Complete education requirements

         Complete Counselor Internship hours

         Register and study to take LCDC written exam

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