Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

IU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling evaluates and critically analyzes professional scholarship in the field. Open to Indiana residents only, this program offers instruction in the 12 core functions of an addiction counselor while exploring the history, major theories, techniques, and strategies in the field of substance addiction and intervention.

This program is taught by IU Bloomington, IUPUC, IU Kokomo, and IU South Bend. The consortia model allows students to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

Students will apply counseling skills to address the mental health needs of diverse clients, concentrating on prevention, intervention, and crisis management. In addition, they will apply strategies to help clients identify addiction’s impact on their lives, relationships, and health, as well as the benefits of living without addiction.

Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of one’s own previous attitudes and beliefs surrounding mental health issues, substance use, culturally diverse groups, and how these may influence future clinical work.


Certificate Requirements

To earn a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, you must complete 18 credit hours.  

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Addiction counseling theories and techniques (core) course (3 credits)
  • Clinical appraisal and assessment course (3 credits)
  • Clinical problems and applications course (3 credits)
  • Psychoactive drugs and psychopharmacology course (3 credits)
  • Diversity course (3 credits)
  • Practicum course (3 credits)

Please note that the practicum must be completed on campus.

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