Substance Abuse Counseling

The prevention, intervention, and 
treatment of alcohol and other 
drug abuse disorders.

The prevention, intervention, and
treatment of alcohol and other
drug abuse disorders.

Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling

This program is designed to provide education and training in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) disorders. Specifically, coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focusing on evidence-based research and best practice standards. Specialized practicum experience complements coursework.

This program is accredited as an Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA). The certification process is based on the Illinois Model for Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors.

Certificate Curriculum

  • 438 Introduction to Addictive Disorders (3 credits)
  • 436 Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addictions (3 credits)
  • 437 Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 credits)
  • 505 Professional Development, Issues and Ethics (3 credits)

Specialized Practicum

Students will acquire and develop practical skills in AODA core functions through specialized field placements. Students should expect to spend ten to twenty hours per week at an AODA-approved practicum site while being concurrently enrolled in two semesters of practicum seminars (see options below) during their field training. A minimum of 500 total clock hours of practicums are required.

  • 447 M.A. Practicum in Substance Abuse Counseling I (1 credit)
  • 446 M.A. Practicum in Substance Abuse Counseling II (1 credit)
  • 445 Practicum in Substance Abuse Counseling I, 250 clock hours (1 credit)
  • 448 Practicum in Substance Abuse Counseling II, 250 clock hours (1 credit)