Our coursework combines rigorous academics and applied problem-solving to teach core competencies in addiction prevention and treatment, as identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
When you graduate, you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
- recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse,
- understand crisis intervention and relapse prevention strategies,
- develop substance abuse prevention and recovery programs,
- treat individuals and families affected by addiction, and
- make ethical decisions in as a human services professional.
This certificate may meet the educational (didactic) requirements for addiction credentialing, such as the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor-Assistant (CSAC-A) in Virginia.* If you plan to seek international credentialing, we encourage you to consider our Human Services bachelor’s degree.
* This certificate prepares you for the post-graduation residency phase for Virginia CSAC or CSAC-A credentialing and may fulfill the educational hours required to take the National Certified Addiction Counselor Level I (NCAC-I) exam as set by the Virginia Board of Counseling. If you plan to seek credentialing outside of Virginia, please contact your state board to determine how this certificate can meet your state’s requirements.