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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Addiction Counseling (certificate)

Official Title of Certificate: Addiction Counseling, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 24

Learn more about the Addiction Counseling certificate program

Purpose: Prepares students for careers in addiction counseling and enhances knowledge and skills of those already working in the field. Skills include individual, family and group counseling techniques, as well as assessment, treatment planning, prevention, and other topics related to addiction. Coursework includes 125 hours of clinical fieldwork. Successful completion of the course work meets the educational requirements to pursue an Alcohol Drug Trainee (ADT) status. Students should contact the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors for all licensure and certification requirements at 410-764-4732 or for requirements.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland. If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state. If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Range of Occupations

  • Addiction counselor

Additional Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all human services courses. 125 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork in a community addiction agency is required in order to complete the program.

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101  /ENG 101A .

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101  or ENG 101A . Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Have knowledge of a variety of models and theories of addiction.
  2. Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the person using and significant others.
  3. Describe the philosophies, practice,, and policies of models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and co-occurring disorders.
  4. Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment process.
  5. Identify established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
  6. Understand diverse cultures, and incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice.
  7. Outline the addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to legal, ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
  8. Use screening instruments to gather initial data about substance use and co-occurring disorders from the client.
  9. Select and use a comprehensive assessment process that is sensitive to age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and disabilities.
  10. Develop treatment plans.
  11. Have knowledge of community resources and will make appropriate referrals.
  12. Demonstrate case management and service coordination as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team.
  13. Have knowledge of individual therapeutic modalities that facilitate behavioral change.
  14. Understand group counseling modalities for substance use disorders.
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of accepted principles of client record management.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

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