Be the help your community needs.
The Certificate in Addiction Studies prepares you to feel competent in assessing and treating addiction in a variety of settings. The provision of integrated mental health and addiction treatment services are vital to communities. The Certificate has been created to meet the Washington State Department of Health education requirements for the alternative training track to become a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP). The Addiction Studies curriculum is based on the most current neuroscience of addiction, attachment injury, and trauma, as well as cutting edge techniques to address these issues, provided by the leaders in the field. The Certificate also includes learning experiences designed to expand awareness of the larger socioeconomic and political issues connected to treating addiction. Get started in helping your community today and begin your journey to becoming a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP).
This degree is offered by AU Seattle.
The Certificate in Addiction Studies covers the WA State DOH required topic areas, to become a CDP via the “alternative training track”. This is a graduate level Certification and therefore the course material and learning experiences are advanced and address the complexity of treating addiction, as well as treating addiction and other mental health issues. There are many approaches to treating addiction, and it is the purpose of the CAS to enable students to feel confident and competent working in a variety of settings using a variety of techniques and approaches. The curriculum is heavily influenced by family systems theories allowing students to be effective in working with couples, families, children, and adolescents touched by addiction. The Certificate is 15 credits.
The Certificate in Addiction Studies is combined with the MA in Counseling with Clinical Mental Health Counseling(CMHC) degree, and can be combined with other counseling programs at Antioch as well. The degree offers you comprehensive clinical training for a career as a licensed mental health counselor. With a focus on developing multicultural counseling competencies, you accomplish these goals through a combination of required coursework, electives and a supervised internship. The Certificate combines online and in classroom time to allow for the flexibility and convenience of completing course work using digital resources, as well as benefiting from the face-to-face interaction of in classroom instruction and peer discussion.
Core Addiction Studies Courses:
- Survey of Addiction: Intro to Addiction Counseling Fundamentals: 3 credits offered as all classroom or online hybrid
- Physiology and Pharmacology in Addiction Counseling: 3credits offered as an online hybrid
- Advanced Theory and Practice in Addiction Counseling: 3 credits offered as an online hybrid
- Advanced Assessment, Ethics, and Case Management in Addiction Counseling: 3 credits offered as an online hybrid
- Advanced Clinical Skills in Addiction Counseling: 3 credits offered as all classroom
- “Survey of Addiction” must be taken before any other courses. Once you have completed “Survey of Addiction”, you can complete the other courses in whatever order you would like.
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUS catalog.
Community mental health agencies, For-Profit and Non-Profit treatment centers, hospitals, schools, and other community organizations need dually credentialed providers. The alternative training track approved by the WA State DOH is now available to licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists, and other specific professions. The alternative training track significantly reduces the education requirements and work experience needed to become a CDP, for certain advanced degree professionals. You may complete the CDP education requirements and work experience hours before you are licensed as and LMHC or LMFT, and then submit your CDP application documenting your completed coursework and experience hours once you have obtained your LMHC or LMFT. Being a dually credentialed provider affords you the ability to provide a wider range of services and more effective services to clients. In some settings, dually credentialed providers receive increased compensation.
The Certificate in Addiction Studies is available to matriculated and non-matriculated students and alumni. For more detailed information on the requirements for obtaining a CDP via the alternative training track please visit: doh.wa.gov.
- Must be enrolled in or have completed an MA program that leads to licensure in a mental health field
- Provide an official MA transcript
- If licensed, provide a copy of license in mental health profession
- A statement of purpose is also required that answers the following question: How do you envision the Certificate in Addictions Studies integrating with your current or future professional practice?
If you are interested in becoming dually credentialed in Washington State as an LMHC or LMFT and a Chemical Dependency Professional, please contact admissions to learn more about how to apply to these programs.
Matriculated students currently enrolled in programs pay the per credit cost.
For other outside participants, the fee will be $5,250 ($350 per credit)
For Antioch alumni, the fee will be $4,500 ($300 per credit)
This certificate is currently not eligible for federal financial aid. However, check with admissions or financial aid at time of application to see if it has since been approved.