Substance Abuse Counseling

One Weekend Per Month Program

The Substance Abuse Counselor Certification program is designed to acquire the educational requirements, skills and certification necessary to counsel those suffering from substance abuse. The one weekend per month classes, at the Atlanta campus, along with online instruction allows working professionals to obtain the educational requirements required for certification as a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor I (CADC I) or a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADC II). This program meets the educational requirements of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. The eight (8) face-to-face sessions and eight (8) online sessions take eight (8) months to complete.

The Module Program consists of the following topics:

Modules 1 & 2. Theories of Addiction & Clinical Evaluation

Modules 3 & 4. Co-Occurring Disorders & Treatment Planning

Modules 5 & 6. Pharmacology of Psychoactive Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependence & Referral

Modules 7 & 8. Theoretical Base of Counseling &Service Coordination

Modules 9 & 10. Counseling Skills & Techniques

Modules 11 & 12. Client, Family, and Community Education

Modules 13 & 14. Documentation & The Twelve Core Functions

Modules 15 & 16. Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

The sample schedule is as follows:

Weekend Module 1: Clinical Evaluation

In class sessions: Friday - 5:30pm until 10:00pm (4.5 instruction hours)

Saturday - 9:00am until 5:30pm (7.5 instruction hours with one hour lunch)

Sunday – Blackboard Session (5 instruction hours)

Total Instructional Hours: 17.0 hours

Online Module 2: Clinical Evaluation

Online Interactive Sessions & Experiential Learning accounting for 17.0 instructional hours.

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For more information contact

Program Associate 
Leslie Baxter


Program Coordinator 
Dr. Theresa Reese