Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling- Worcester Program

“The Assumption College program appears to be a very integrated program combining both issues in addictions, addiction counseling, psychiatric disabilities, as well as issues related to co-occurring disorders. This, I think, makes the program of study quite unique in its scope.”
–Jacquelyn Cummins
Executive Director, Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counseling Certification

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Requirements for Professional Certifications:
CADC (Certified Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor)
CAC (Certified Alcoholism Counselor)

OVERVIEW
The Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates for positions as substance abuse counselors. The curriculum includes alcohol and drug specific studies, substance-use service assessment, counseling techniques, professional ethics, and behavioral and social issues.

This eight-course certificate program provides students with a firm understanding of the knowledge needed to be an effective Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The courses at Continuing & Career Education (CCE) are also designed to prepare students to apply what they have learned in an Alcohol and Substance Abuse treatment facility. During the internship portion of the program, you will deepen your knowledge through direct hands-on experience.

The required coursework and supervised practical training are designed to fulfill the education eligibility requirements for the Certified Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) exam and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for Licensure of Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADCII and LADC Assistant) certification. This program has also been approved by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).

NOTE: The Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling is designed to meet Massachusetts state standards for certification of alcohol and drug abuse counselors. This program may not meet the requirements for certification in other states. Students are required to verify work experience eligibility through the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification and Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensure.

HIGHLIGHTS/BENEFITS:

  • The program is designed specifically for students to fulfill the education requirements for taking the exams for Certified Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) licensure and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Licensure of Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADCII and LADC Assistant).
  • Approved by:
    - National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
    - Massachusetts Dept of Public Health for Licensure of Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADCII & LADCA)
    - Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (CADC)
  • Every course in the program directly relates to a career in substance abuse counseling. No other courses are required.
  • Curriculum includes alcohol and drug specific studies, substance-use service assessment, counseling techniques, professional ethics, and behavioral and social issues.
  • Students deepen their knowledge through direct hands-on experience during the program internship.

JOB OUTLOOK IN ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING

  • Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 27% through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as more people seek treatment for their addictions or other behaviors.
  • Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in residential mental health and substance abuse facilities is expected to grow by 44% to 2020.
    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Interested in learning more about careers in Substance Abuse Counseling? Visit Massachusetts Substance Use and Addicitions Workforce site now.

PROGRAM OF STUDY
The certificate program consists of eight courses, 24 credits, including a required 300-hour internship in an alcohol and substance abuse treatment facility. The experience provides students with the opportunity to work on the core functions of alcohol and substance abuse counseling: assessment, treatment planning, case management, support, intervention, client education and documentation.

Courses
•     Introduction to Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
•     Addiction: Etiology, Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
•     Psychiatric Rehabilitation
•     Interviewing Techniques in Human and Rehabilitation Services
•     Principles of Case Management
•     Family Aspects of Disability
•     Treatment Strategies and Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
•     Internship in an Alcohol and Substance Abuse treatment facility

APPLYING THIS CERTIFICATE TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HUMAN SERVICES AND REHABILITATION STUDIES
There are multiple ways to combine the certificate program with CCE’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. Students completing the certificate program may choose to apply all credits earned in the certificate towards the bachelor degree program. Or, individuals wishing to enter the bachelor degree program may choose a concentration in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling, which includes all of the courses in the certificate program. Either way, after completion, you’ll meet the requirements of CADAC Licensure and LADC Certification with a clear path to employment as an entry-level counselor.

Degree Programs in the Same Field:
Associate of Science in Social Science with a concentration in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies with a concentration in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling