Substance Abuse Counseling

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 program can be completed in as little as six months, allowing professionals to remain productive at work while obtaining the educational requirements needed for certification as a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor I (CADC I) or a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADC II). Additionally, the program curriculum meets the educational requirements of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia.

Beginning October 2016, this program will be offered completely online.

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The Substance Abuse Counselor Certification program provides more than 300 hours of instruction to students. The Program will cover the following 12 Core Functions:

  1. Screening: The process by which a client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program.
  2. Intake: The administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program.
  3. Orientation: Describing to the client the general nature and goals of the program, rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program, the hours during which various services are available and the patient schedule, treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any, and the client’s rights.
  4. Assessment: Those procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs for the development of the treatment plan.
  5. Treatment Planning: The process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution, establish agreed upon immediate and long term goals, and decide on the treatment methods and resources to be used.
  6. Counseling: The utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications, examination of attitudes and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and decision making.
  7. Case Management: Activities which bring services, agencies, resources or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals. It may involve liaison activities and collateral contacts.
  8. Crisis Intervention: Those services which respond to an alcohol and/or drug abuser’s needs during acute emotional and/or physical distress.
  9. Client Education: Provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources.
  10. Referral: Identifying needs of the client that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available.
  11. Reports and Record Keeping: Charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan, writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client-related data.
  12. Consultation: Relating with counselors and other professionals in regard to client treatment and services to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client.

For more information contact

Graduate Program Associate
Jennifer Johnson