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

One of the following:

  • Introduction to Addictive Disorders
  • Addictions Counseling 
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders 

And one of the following:

  • Professional Development, Issues, and Ethics in Art Therapy 
  • Professional Development: Issues and Ethics Professional Identity, Law, and Ethics in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Professional, Legal, and Ethics Issues in Counseling 
  • Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology 

And one of the following:

  • Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addictions 

And one of the following:

  • Advanced Addictions Treatment 
  • Advanced Treatment of Addictive Disorders

Specialized Practicum

In addition to the specialized coursework, students pursuing the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling will acquire and develop practical skills in the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) core functions through specialized field placements. The Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling requires the following four semester credit hours of practicum (500 field hours) and seminars:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar I
  • Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar II

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.