• Psychology Specialization

    QUICK FACTS: completely online program; meets the 180 hours of required coursework to become certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC); no GRE or GMAT required; begin fall, spring or summer 


    The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program is a series of four, 8-week long, online courses that have been approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Successful completion of these courses will meet the 180 hours of required coursework specific to addiction necessary to become certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).

    CAADC Diplomat requirements are as follows (taken from http://www.pacertboard.org):

    1. One year (2,000 hours) out of the past 7 years of paid, supervised employment as an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor or supervisor where 51% of the time is spent providing said counseling.
    2. Present employment as an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor or supervisor at time of application.
    3. Master’s degree or higher.
    4. 180 hours of alcohol and other drug abuse education including 6 in professional ethics and responsibilities and 6 in communicable diseases.*
    5. 300 hours of supervision obtained during employment.
    6. Sign and abide by Code of Ethical Conduct.
    7. Must live or work in PA at time of application.
    8. Pass a master’s level written exam.

     *This is the portion of the requirements that would be completed through the Carlow Certificate

     


    Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Course Information

    Course Requirements: 12 credits
    Location: Completely Online

    Among the standard courses in this discipline, Carlow University also offers unique learning experiences. Here is one example course:

    PRC-741: The Biological Basis of Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (3 credits)

    Students learn the biological basis of drug and alcohol addiction and develop an understanding of how experience with drugs and alcohol may lead to the development of prominent symptoms of addiction. Students will become familiar with how various drugs of abuse are introduced into the body, absorbed, distributed, and eliminated. The physiological, psychological and social consequences of long-term substance abuse will be addressed. Students will learn about the relationship between risk behaviors of people who use drugs and/or alcohol and the development of diseases such as hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS and common sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). 

    for more details about this program and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website. For a list of every course available in the Psychology program, click here