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Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling (Online Modality)

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Program Overview

Adler University offers an Online Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate that can be earned as a standalone option, or by students of any Online campus program for an additional 16 credit hours.

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.

Specifically, coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focusing on best practice standards  and evidence-based research from a social justice standpoint. Specialized practicum experience complements coursework.

Additionally, Adler University offers an on-campus version of the Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate that can be earned by students of select Chicago campus programs for an additional 12 credit hours.

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      Accreditation

      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.

      Curriculum

      The Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling requires the following 16 credits of coursework:

      Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University Course Catalog here.

      Core Courses

      OSAC 500 - Survey of Substance Abuse (3 cr.)
      OSAC 501 - Ethics in Counseling (3 cr.)
      OSAC 502 - Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Substance Use (3 cr.)

      Biological, neurological, and cognitive neuroscientific aspects of addictions are covered in the context of social, interpersonal, sociocultural, family, community, economic, and environmental dynamics. The psychological aspects of addictions are also addressed in relation to the aforementioned contexts, as well as psycho-spiritual and spiritual perspectives.

      OSAC 503 - Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment (3 cr.)

      Additional Requirements: Seminar and Practicum (4 credit hours)

      Students should expect to spend up to twenty hours per week at an AOD approved practicum site and must concurrently enroll in four (4) eight-week term Practicum Seminars during their field training. A minimum of five hundred (500) total clock hours of practicum are required.

      The concentration will require the following eight-week term four credit hours of practicum (500 hours) coursework:

      Admissions Requirements

      At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a strong record of academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

      Applicants to the program must have the following:

      • A bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
      • A GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their baccalaureate degree.
        • Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 will be considered for conditional admission by submitting two letters of recommendation from a current professor, supervisor, and/or someone who can attest to the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program. Exceptions may be made for applicants with a conferred graduate degree.
        • Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
      • Two letters of recommendation**

      Conditional Admission Status

      Applicants admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their first two courses in order to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university. Applicants admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible to repeat coursework until they achieve a full admission status.

      Provisional Admission Status

      Applicants admitted on a provisional basis must submit all outstanding collateral, as defined in their acceptance letter, prior to the end of their first course to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university.

      **Letters of recommendation may be waived based on cumulative grade point average from your degree-granting institution. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by professional references on letterhead.

      Tuition & Fees

      Tuition for Adler University’s programs is charged each term according to the number of registered academic credits. The number of credits a student will register for varies by academic program and by term. To estimate the amount of tuition and fees that would be charged in a given term, please use our Tuition Estimator tool below, or read about tuition and fees for all Online programs.

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