Continuing & Career Education (CCE) at Assumption College is proud to introduce a career-focused Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling. This eight-course program with a 300-hour internship provides students with the required coursework and supervised practical training 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).
In the state's approval of the program, Jacquelyn Cummins, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counseling Certification wrote, “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.”
The program has also been approved by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).
CCE program director Dennis Braun says the program satisfies a growing need in the Worcester area and provides a clear advantage for its graduates, "This program provides practical training that takes students on a direct path to an entry level job as a counselor. It's a distinct advantage for new counselors to have training and experience in substance abuse counseling because drug and alcohol dependency is a condition that factors into almost every other form of counseling. Our graduates will be able to draw upon this work as foundational expertise no matter which direction their counselor career takes."
The certificate program can also be combined with CCE’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies with a Concentration in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling. Students completing the certificate program may choose to apply all credits (earned in the certificate) towards the bachelor degree program.
Classes in the new certificate program start next month, in August 2013.
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