Addiction Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Addiction Studies (Graduate Certificate)


Substance Use Certification

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed to fulfill the academic and internship requirements for the Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (CAAC) credential authorized by the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). The CAAC is recommended for professionals who specialize in the clinical treatment of substance use. The Post-Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meets the minimum educational requirements to initiate a development plan (for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)) with the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). Employment opportunities may be significantly enhanced for graduates who begin employment and submit a development plan to MCBAP.

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    Admission Requirements

    • A master's degree in a helping profession or related discipline
    • Program application accompanied by a statement of personal career goals
    • One letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s qualifications

    Send all materials to:

    Graduate Admissions Counselor
    University of Detroit Mercy
    Admissions Office
    4001 W. McNichols Rd.
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038



    The curriculum has three components:

    1. A core of three required courses, totaling nine credit hours.

    • ADS 5090 Drugs and Behavior (3 credits)
    • ADS 5110 Theories of Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 5120 Recovery Processes (3 credits)

    2. An elective component of two courses totaling six hours carefully chosen to meet the student’s professional needs from among the following courses:

    • ADS 5170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth (3 credits)
    • ADS 5210 Process Disorders: Gambling and Sexual Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 5360 Family Theory and Therapy (3 credits)
    • ADS 5600 Spirituality and Recovery (3 credits)
    • ADS 5950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)

    3. An applied component of three credit hours to be completed as a field placement of 300 hours or as a culminating seminar.

    • ADS 5880 Internship in Addiction Studies (3 credits) OR or a third elective in ADS for students wishing to forego the internship.

    Total Semester Hours Required: 18

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC

Reno Hall, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0436
Fax: 313-578-0507

Department Website