Addiction Studies (Certificate)


Post Degree Certificate in Addiction Studies

This certificate is intended for students who have attained a bachelor’s degree in a major (e.g., counseling, psychology or social work) related to the field of addiction studies. Coursework in the Addiction Studies undergraduate certificate totals 21 credit hours and prepares students for entry-level positions in alcohol and drug treatment agencies. In addition, the certificate 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).

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    The curriculum for the certificate consists of three components:

    1. A Core of Four Required Courses (12 credits):

    • ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies (3 credits)
    • ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
    • ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling (3 credits)
    • ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy (3 credits)

    2. Two Elective Courses from the Following (6 credits):

    • ADS 4170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth (3 credits)
    • ADS 4210 Process Disorders: Gambling and Sexual Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 4430 Group Methods (3 credits)
    • ADS 4500 Prevention and Intervention of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
    • ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery (3 credits)
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)

    3. A clinical component totaling at least 3 credits to be fulfilled as a field placement of 300 hours in an addiction prevention or treatment agency. For those students who do not wish a clinical certificate, it is possible to substitute a third ADS elective in place of the internship.

    Total: 21 credits

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

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