Wor-Wic Community College is offering a new program that could help fight Delmarva’s opioid crisis
SALISBURY, Md. — This morning, 47 ABC’s Erica Murphy was joined on the desk by Dr. Patricia Riley and Instructor Shane Ferguson, who are from Wor-Wic Community College.
The duo were here to talk about Wor-Wic’s chemical dependency counseling program, which they say is currently in high demand due to the national opioid crisis.
The two-year program has just recently offered an option where students can get their degree completely online.
Dr. Patricia L. Riley, who is the human services department head and associate professor of social science, says she’s, “excited that we are now offering increased access to academic courses for students who would like to become certified addiction counselors in the state of Maryland.”
She also tells us that both, the certificate and degree programs have online options and meet the educational requirements of the Maryland Department of Health Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Face-to-face classes are still being offered.
Wor-Wic explains that as a state-designated program, all Maryland residents enrolled in the chemical dependency counseling programs pay in-county tuition rates. An articulation agreement is in place with Salisbury University for those who want to transfer into the social work program there.
Instructor Shane Ferguson noted that the program has been around for at least 20 years. He also explained that being a part of this program is relative to a calling or a gift.
He says being a dependency counselor during the national opioid crisis is an opportunity to help local communities fight this epidemic. Ferguson says this is the perfect to get the knowledge and education to eventually become a counselor.
For more information about the program or how to register, you can visit their website at www.worwic.edu/cdc or call 410-334-2885.