Participants in the Graduate Addiction Counseling Certificate program will:
- Acquire knowledge of the psychological, social and physiological aspects of substance addictions.
- Gain knowledge concerning the effects of substance abuse on individuals, relationships and society.
- Learn effective intervention and treatment strategies to help those impacted by and at risk of substance abuse disorders.
- Demonstrate basic skills of documentation, treatment planning and other services in regards to assessing and treating substance abuse disorders.
- Learn skills to provide culturally competent treatment that reduces barriers to participants accessing services.
Courses & Rotation
The Addiction Counseling Certificate Program will consist of five courses (15 credit hours). These course descriptions are provided below.
Odd years in December
HURES 5383 Family Systems & Addiction
Even years in May
HURES 5483 Family Therapy & Addictions
Even years in Summer
HURES 5183 Addictions Theory
Odd years in May
HURES 5083 Concepts in Addiction Counseling Practice
Odd years in Summer
HURES 5283 Psychopharmacology & Substance Abuse
Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors
In 2012, the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors established a change in regulations for potential Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors in the State of Oklahoma. New requirements stipulate increased education units in substance abuse. The five identified courses meet the addiction-specific course requirements of the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors. Students are still responsible for completing the other course requirements which can be found on the Board website at www.okdrugcounselors.org.
Admission & Certificate Completion
An applicant may be admitted to the Graduate Addiction Counseling Certificate program if the applicant:
- Has earned a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent and
- Has earned at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and
a. Through the semester in which the last 60 credit hours of letter-graded undergraduate bachelor’s degree coursework occurred at an accredited college or university or
b. Over a minimum of 12 hours of letter-graded graduate work from an accredited college or university
- Has been admitted to the ECU School of Graduate Studies and
- Has made application to the Certificate program (Contact Holli Witherington @ firstname.lastname@example.org for application forms)
An applicant may be awarded the Graduate Addiction Counseling Certificate if the applicant:
- Maintains a letter-grade of ‘B’ or higher in all coursework and
- Completes all program requirements within six years