Online Addiction and Substance Use Related Disorders Graduate Certificate

Addiction and substance abuse is one of America's top public health concerns, and there is a growing need for a well-trained workforce. The addiction and substance use related disorders certificate 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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Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 7

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 21

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Is licensure or certification required to practice as an addiction counselor?

Yes. All states require either licensure or certification to practice as an addiction 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. For example, Arizona has three licensure levels:

Licensed Substance Abuse Technician (LSAT)

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral-health related field (with coursework in the seven core content areas covered in the addiction certificate program) and a passing score on a substance abuse licensure exam administered by the IC&RC or NAADAC.

Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC)

  • For applicants already holding an LSAT: complete 1600 hours of supervised work experience that includes 100 hours of clinical supervision.
  • For applicants without an LSAT: a master’s degree in a behavioral-health related field (with coursework in the seven core content areas covered in the addiction certificate program and a 300-hour substance abuse practicum) and a passing score on an advanced substance abuse licensure exam administered by the IC&RC, NAADAC or NBCC.

Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC)

  • Requires a master’s degree in a behavioral-health related field (with coursework in the seven core content areas covered in the addiction certificate program and a 300-hour substance abuse practicum), an active LASAC credential and 1600 hours of supervised work experience that includes 100 hours of clinical supervision.

ASU’s substance abuse counseling certificate covers the seven core content areas required for licensure in the state of Arizona. An elective 300-hour practicum is also available for students who are concurrently pursuing or already hold a behavioral health master’s or doctoral degree. This certificate also covers the educational content requirements for most states in the U.S. In addition, we are pursuing NASAC and NAADAC certification. Please visit our professional licensure page for the most up-to-date information on requirements for licensure in your state.

Why earn a substance abuse counseling certificate?

 

Substance abuse counselor careers 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, military, criminal justice, hospitals and schools. Additionally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse counselor jobs are projected to grow 23% from 2020 to 2030, which is much quicker than the average rate.

How do I know if an addiction studies certificate is a good fit for me?

 

If you’re passionate about helping those struggling with addiction and looking to provide a full range of evidence-based services, the substance abuse counseling certificate may be perfect for you. 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.

The addiction studies certificate complements other behavioral health and medical programs at ASU Online, including:

Professional licensure and certification

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. This program meets the core educational content requirements for licensure in the State of Arizona. This certificate also meets the educational content requirements for most states in the U.S. In addition, we are pursuing NASAC and NAADAC certification. Please visit our professional licensure page for the most up-to-date information on requirements for licensure in your state.

Will my addiction and substance use related disorders certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

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Substance abuse counseling certificate courses

This 21-credit addiction studies certificate is made up of courses that explore evidence-based treatments, comorbidity, psychopharmacology and multicultural counseling. Courses include:


Core

Addiction and Substance Abuse: Assessment and Diagnosis


Core

Comorbidity in Substance Use Related Problems


Core

Group Therapy for Substance Use Related Problems


Core

Evidence-Based Interventions for Substance Use Related Problems


Core

Multicultural Issues Related to Substance Use Related Problems


Core

Psychopharmacology


What jobs can you get with an addiction studies certificate?

The addiction studies certificate serves the needs of aspiring professionals and current behavioral health employees seeking additional education in addictions and substance use disorders. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Addiction counselor

Clinical supervisor

Intake coordinator

Private practitioner

Treatment coordinator

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.

Substance abuse counseling certificate admission requirements

Applicants to the addiction and substance use related disorders graduate certificate must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Graduate certificate in addiction scholarship

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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.

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in research expenditures in 2018.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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