Addiction Studies (Certificate)


Post Degree Certificate in Addiction Studies

This certificate is intended for students who have attained a bachelor’s degree in a related major (e.g., human services, health professions, psychology or social work). Coursework in the Addiction Studies undergraduate certificate totals 18 credit hours and prepares students for entry-level positions in alcohol and substance use treatment and prevention organizations. 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). Employment opportunities may be enhanced for graduates who begin employment and submit a development plan to MCBAP.

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    The curriculum for the certificate consists of three components:

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

    • 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 credit hours):

    • 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)
    • ADS 4990 Critical Issues in Addiction Studies

    Total: 18 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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