Online Addiction and Substance-Use Related Disorders Graduate Certificate

Addiction and substance abuse is one of America's top public health problems, and there is a growing need for a well-trained workforce. The Addiction and Substance-Use Related Disorders program pairs state-of-the-art research from internationally recognized experts in addictions with expertise from licensed psychologists and counselors with decades of substance abuse treatment experience.
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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 7

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 21

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Become a substance abuse counselor and provide your communities a needed service and support. Substance use and addiction constitute one of the largest preventable health problems facing the U.S. today, but less than 20% of those in need receive any substance use treatment, and only a small fraction of those in treatment receive evidence-based treatment. This gap between treatment research and current practices is due in large part to deficits in the education and training available in the field of addictions. There is a growing need for a well-trained workforce, but most medical professionals are not sufficiently trained to treat addictions, and many counselors do not have the knowledge, skills, or credentials necessary to provide the full range of evidence-based services.

The online graduate certificate in Addiction and Substance-Use Related Disorders will improve the transfer of scientific knowledge to clinical practice, increase competence to address the opioid crisis and marijuana legalization, develop expertise to work with special populations and individuals with co-occurring disorders, and expand the use of evidence-based treatments, resulting in an increase in the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment. This graduate certificate can serve the needs of aspiring professionals (individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or currently in a Master’s or Doctoral program in a behavioral health field), or current behavioral health professionals with a Master’s or Doctoral degree who want additional education in addictions and substance use disorders to help them address their clients’ needs.

Substance abuse counselor jobs can be incredibly rewarding and offer a wide variety of experiences. Jobs are available in substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health agencies, primary care, integrated health, criminal justice, hospitals, schools and universities, and military and Veteran’s Affairs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of substance abuse counselors to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than other occupations. Job prospects are expected to be very good for counselors who are licensed. The certificate program consists of seven courses, totaling 21 semester credit hours. The courses cover the core addiction-related content areas required for licensure in Arizona, as well as most other states.

This graduate certificate can serve the needs of aspiring professionals (individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or currently in a Master’s or Doctoral program in a behavioral health field), or current behavioral health professionals with a Master’s or Doctoral degree who want additional education in addictions and substance use disorders to help them address their clients’ needs. 

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Addiction recovery courses


PSY 570 – Psychopharmacology


PSY 591 – Ethics


PSY 601 – Addiction and Substance Abuse: Assessment and Diagnosis


PSY 602 – Comorbidity in Substance Use Related Problems


PSY 603 – Evidence-Based Interventions for Substance Use Related Problems


PSY 604 – Multicultural Issues Related to Substance Use Related Problems


PSY 605 – Group Therapy for Substance Use Related Problems


Related careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of substance abuse counselors to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than other occupations. Job prospects are expected to be very good for counselors who are licensed. All states require either certification or licensure to practice as a substance abuse counselor. Most states have multiple levels of licensure, typically a bachelor’s-level license that requires ongoing supervision, and a master’s-level license that allows independent practice. Graduates of this program can seek career opportunities in:

Substance abuse treatment centers

Community mental health agencies

Primary care

Integrated health

Criminal justice

Hospitals

Schools and universities

Military and Veteran’s Affairs

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s degree in a related field or a master’s degree in any health, behavioral health, or counseling related field from a regionally accredited institution.

The largest and more diverse college at ASU

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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