This program is designed to be completed in one year over two semesters. Students learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare them to fulfill the duties and responsibilities required for entry-level employment in the SUD Tx profession. The courses are taught by instructors with practical experience as helping professionals.

Students who complete the certificate can matriculate into the Addiction Counseling Associate Degree program, which includes field/practicum experience. This program is financial aid-eligible. 

This program can be completed entirely online!

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course
ADCL 120CSurvey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment303
HSV 111CIntroduction to Human Services303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
ADCL 230CThe Four Domains of the Certified Recovery Support Worker303
MHTH 187CThe Helping Relationship404
PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development303
Total Credits19

Students who complete the program are sensitive to diverse populations and have a strong foundation for a lifetime of engaged employment and participation in a profession that urgently needs qualified, trained, and  employable individuals. They acquire a broad understanding of the SUD Tx profession, an interdisciplinary knowledgebase, and the skills required to be a best-practices helping professional (critical thinking, complex reasoning, communication, being a team member, engaging in human interaction, applying content knowledge, lifelong learning, ongoing professional development, and personal growth). In addition, graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic, entry-level KSAs required to engage in the competent, respectful, non-judgmental, supportive, and professional relationships required of individuals working in the substance use disorder profession in their supervised interactions with individuals in various therapeutic, clinical, and support situations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the facts, concepts, theories, and principles taught and learned in certificate courses, how each course informs the other, and how each is related to the basic KSAs required of an entry level SUD Tx professional and the importance of lifelong learning, ongoing integration of learning, professional development, self-care, and socially conscious behavior required of the competent, entry-level SUD Tx professional.
  • Demonstrate the basic ability to identify, analyze, evaluate, and select the appropriate strategies, methods, and tools required for effective communication (verbally, non-verbally, in writing, on computers and electronic devices) with individuals in entry-level SUD Tx professional contexts and settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to actively listen, process information, ask questions, seek answers, integrate knowledge, search for meaning, and develop ideas and concepts that result in relevant and consequential action when interacting with one’s supervisor, co-workers, and clients.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of developing healthy practices of self-care, self-reflection, increased self-awareness, and personal responsibility, all of which are critical to being a best practices SUD Tx professional and a productive member of society.

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Students who complete this program can enter the certified recovery support worker profession. The SUD Tx Certificate includes training for the CRSW, a certification ideal for individuals starting a career in the addiction profession. To receive the CRSW certification, students must contact the licensing board and meet additional requirements, which include 500 hours of paid or volunteer work and completion of an exam required by the IC&RC.

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