Enhance your degree with an Addictions Counseling certificate
Available for matriculated and non-matriculated students, this 24-credit certificate focuses on the basic competencies associated with helping people recover from substance abuse disorders. Courses are offered though the Department of Health Sciences, the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Psychology and provide students with content knowledge in addictions counseling that map to core competencies outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS). Worcester State University has been recognized by the BSAS as an approved Addictions Education Provider. Completing the Certificate in Addictions Counseling makes it possible for the student to pursue state licensing (CADC) after completing 4,000 hours of supervised work in the field (if bachelor’s degree is in a behavioral science major).
Student completing this certificate will:
- Gain knowledge of the factors and cultural implications leading to addiction.
- Understand the assessment, clinical evaluation, treatment planning and case management skills related to addictions counseling.
- Gain knowledge of patient, family and communication education issues related to addiction.
- Gain knowledge of coexisting issues related to addiction.
- Gain applied experiences though the practicum in working in an addictions counseling program.
The coordinator of the program will work with students and local substance abuse counseling centers in securing practicum placements.