Prepare for Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling

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Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing epidemic that requires licensed specialists in the field. After completing the certificate, students will have the knowledge and ability to apply the ethical standards of the profession.

This certificate is for individuals who wish to become certified in substance abuse counseling without completing a formal degree program. On completing the required 20 semester hours of courses, students may take the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor exam through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association

Students seeking admission to this certificate must have a two-year history of sobriety and an undergraduate degree in social work or behavioral science.

For more information and program courses, visit the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse catalog page. Please get in touch with Lisa Vinson at for more detail.

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