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Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate

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Program Overview

Adler University offers a Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate that can be earned by students of any Chicago campus program (except Psy.D. and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Online) for an additional 12 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 evidence-based research and best practice standards from a social justice standpoint. Specialized practicum experience complements coursework.

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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 12 credits of coursework:

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

      One of the Following:

      PCO 438 - Introduction to Addictive Disorders (1 cr.)

      This course provides an introduction to alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders. It includes an overview of assessment methodologies, the treatment models of addictive disorders, and the tools for recognizing the signs and symptoms of substance use, misuse, abuse, dependence, dual disorders, and mentally ill substance abusers.

      MAT 520 - Introduction to Addictive Disorders (3 cr.)
      COUN 630 - Addictions Counseling (3 cr.)

      This course provides an introduction to substance use and the treatment of addictive disorders. Assessment of substance use disorders and current treatment models for substance use, misuse, abuse, dependence, and concurrent disorders are discussed.

      PSY 709 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 cr.)

      This course is designed to provide an introduction to alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders. Included is an overview of the information needed to assess along with the treatment models of addictive disorders.

      MCFT 538 - Introduction to Addictive Disorders (3 cr.)

      This course is designed to provide an introduction to alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders and an understanding of the impact of addiction on couples and families.

      And one of the Following:

      MAT 515 - Professional Development, Issues, and Ethics in Art Therapy (3 cr.)
      MCFT 505 - Systemic Ethics Ethics (3 cr.)

      This course provides students with a solid foundation for the ethical practice of therapy with couples, families, and individuals in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

      COUN 532 - Professional, Legal, and Ethics Issues (3 cr.)

      This course provides a foundation for the ethical practice of professional counseling. It introduces students to the history of the counseling profession as well as professional roles (practitioner, supervisor, educator, etc.) and professional organizations.

      PSY 645 - Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology (3 cr.)

      This course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for the ethical practice of professional psychology. Students will learn the American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as well as the history of professional psychology and psychotherapy.

      And one of the Following:

      CSAC 889 - Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addictions (3 cr.)

      Prerequisites: PCO-438, MAT-520, COUN-630, MCFT538, or PSY-709; and MAT-515,MCFT-505, COUN-532, or PSY-645. 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.

      PSY 712 - Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addictions (3 cr.)

      Major theories of etiology, social dynamics, and psychology of alcohol and other drug disorders are presented within the context of human development. Clinical research is reviewed, which enhances a further understanding of the basic physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects. Impact on the individual, family, community, and organizations/systems is presented.

      And one of the Following:

      CSAC 890 - Advanced Addictions Treatment (3 cr.)

      Prerequisites: PCO-438, MAT-520, COUN-630, MCFT-538, or PSY-709; and MAT-515,MCFT-505, COUN-532, or PSY-645. This course advances and deepens the degree of understanding of theoretical models and research related to addictions counseling. The areas of application include addictive behaviors, alcohol and substance abuse, etiology of addiction, and dual diagnosis and comorbidity.

      PSY 713 - Advanced Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 cr.)

      This course advances and deepens the degree of understanding of theoretical models and research related to addictions counseling. The areas of application include addictive behaviors, alcohol and substance abuse, etiology of addiction, and dual diagnosis and comorbidity.

      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:

      CSAC 701 - Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar I (2 cr.)

      Prerequisites: PCO-438, MAT-520, COUN-630, MCFT538, or PSY-709; and MAT-515, MCFT-505, COUN-532, or PSY-645. This course provides a forum for students to attain supervised clinical experience in which students develop substance abuse counseling skills and integrate professional knowledge. This course is designed to develop alcohol and other drug abuse counseling skills concurrent with practicum field experiences.

      CSAC 702 - Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum and Seminar II (2 cr.)

      Prerequisites: PCO-438, MAT-520, COUN-630, MCFT538, or PSY-709; and MAT-515, MCFT-505, COUN-532, or PSY-645; and CSAC-701. This course is a continuation of CSAC-701. Students can use this forum to continue to develop their competency in alcohol and other drug abuse counseling competency. It is concurrent with practicum field experiences.