Overview

Do you possess a strong purpose in life to help others? Are you interested in a career path to assist individuals who are struggling with substance use in their lives? If your answer to either of those questions is yes, then the Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD Tx) Certificate is your stepping stone to that career that is in great demand.

You can complete this 6-course, 19-credit certificate in one year, two semesters. Your education will provide you the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) to ensure you are prepared to ethically and competently fulfill the duties and responsibilities required for entry-level employment in various sectors of the SUD Tx profession.Some courses are even available over the summer semester.

The focus of SUD Tx is not unlike that of the treatment for other forms of illnesses, i.e., reducing the major symptoms, improving overall physical, mental, and social functioning; motivating and teaching clients to both monitor and manage the threats of relapse.

Your education will include (1) an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which you will serve and (2) helps you develop a strong foundation for a lifetime of engaged employment and participation in a profession which urgently needs qualified and trained employable individuals.

Upon Certificate completion, you will acquire a broad understanding of the Substance Use Disorder Treatment 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, this Certificate will provide you provide you with the following Essential Employability Qualities (EEQ’s) and attributes intended to prepare you to make important contributions to your place of work.

  • communicators
  • thinkers and problem solvers
  • inquirers
  • collaborators
  • adaptable
  • principled and ethical
  • responsible and professional
  • learners

These courses taught by instructors with practical experience as Helping Professionals. And, NHTI’s flexible scheduling allows for learning on your terms. Year-round day, evening, 8-week and online classes help get you there.

And to enhance your employability after completing this certificate, you have the option of matriculating in the Addiction Counseling Associate Degree which includes field/practicum experience.

This program is financial aid eligible. 

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW)?

The SUD Tx Certificate includes ADCL 230C Course: The Four Domains of the CRSW. The CRSW is a certification which is ideal for individuals starting a career in the addiction profession who want to help individuals suffering from the disease of addiction who are on the recovery aspect of the continuum of care.

ADCL 230C is an eight-week online course includes detailed and comprehensive information on the educational components required by the NH Licensing Board for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals as well as education in the Four Domains of the CRSW. This course will satisfactorily meet the education requirements for the CRSW.

To receive the CRSW certification, however, students will have to contact the Licensing Board and meet additional requirements which include 500 hours of paid or volunteer work, completion of an exam required by the IC&RC, and any other conditions as required by the Board.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Sobriety Statement 

The Human Service Department abides by the accepted national standard that recommends a minimum of two years of sobriety for any prospective trainee in the field of alcohol and other drug use counseling.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD Tx) Certificate

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
ADCL 120CSurvey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment OR303
ADCL 230CThe Four Domains of the Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW)303
HSV 111CIntroduction to Human Services303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
 9
Spring Semester
ADCL 120CSurvey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment OR303
ADCL 230CThe Four Domains of the Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW)303
MHTH 187CThe Helping Relationship404
PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development303
 10
Total Credits19

Program Outcomes

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the online application or the PDF version for admission to NHTI.
  2. Have official transcripts forwarded to NHTI by secondary and post secondary institutions previously attended.
  3. Applicants who have earned a high school equivalency certificate must submit a copy of the certificate, including scores, as well as official transcripts reflecting completed school work and grades prior to leaving school.
  4. Candidates required to have a personal interview with the Addiction Counseling Program Coordinator.
  5. See also General Admission Requirements.

Health, Technical and Character Standards

The college must ensure that patients/clients are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in practica, service learning and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client care responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, customers and/or patients/clients and their families.

Character Expectations

  • Human Service and Addiction Counseling students work closely with individuals of all ages in the field. Many of the Practicum sites and potential employers will perform a background check through the New Hampshire Department of Safety as well as police and potential FBI checks. A student’s driving record will also be examined and considered prior to acceptance of some practicum and employment opportunities. The student may be called upon to pay for the previously mentioned background checks, etc.;
  • Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practica. Applicants need to discuss these issues in an interview or meeting, so that future goals will not be compromised.

Health Consideration

  • All Human Service majors will receive NHTI Health forms following acceptance. These forms must be completed and along with requested health physical exam, TB testing, prior to the start of classes. Each student is required to obtain NHTI Liability Insurance, starting in each academic year. The students will be billed directly. Students are also eligible to purchase Health Insurance through NHTI for their own health needs.

Technical Standards

Technical Standards have been established as guidance tools to inform program applicants of skills and standards necessary for successful completion of the Human Service programs. Any applicant who has concerns or questions regarding the Technical Standards is encouraged to contact the Department Chair to discuss their individual issues. Students in the Human Service programs must be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to communicate verbally as a student in classes, and later as a professional in individual and group counseling situations;
  • Sufficient verbal skills and language to: collaborate with a wide variety of helping professionals in clinical, societal and professional areas; deliver accurate and required information; and to search for information, e.g., questioning;
  • Sufficient writing ability to formulate written assessment, charting notes, and reports, etc.;
  • Ability to sustain cognitive integrity in areas of short- and long-term memory, areas of written documentation and follow-through of responsibilities;
  • Ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short and long term periods of time;
  • Ability to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions, immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange;
  • Ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurrences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
  • Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills, time management and professional respect and conduct as a human service student, either at a practicum site, or in the community;
  • Ability to adhere to and practice the Human Service Department’s ethical guidelines.

55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid