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Addictions Education (AE) Certificate

Certificate Program

This interdisciplinary certificate program prepares students to provide counseling, education services, and/or support services to individuals experiencing addiction issues. Individuals who complete the program will be knowledgeable about the various components of addictions and gain skills related to their professional field such as prevention strategies, assessment procedures, intervention skills, treatment planning, and recovery support. This program is appropriate for both licensed eligible mental health professionals (i.e., Professional Counselors, Social Workers), as well as bachelor level employees (i.e., mental health support professionals, human resources administrators and staff).

Certificate Requirements/Curriculum

The 15 credit hour certificate program includes the following required courses. All required courses can be taken on-line; electives are offered on-line, web-enhanced, and in face-to-face formats.

  • CNS 637 Theories of Addictions (3 credit hours) This course involves introduction to theoretical, philosophical and historical premises of addictions. Topics include professional ethics, diversity, family roles and relationships, and dual diagnosis.
  • CNS 647 Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment Planning (3 credit hours) This course involves the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment methods and techniques used to diagnose addiction disorders, as well as the development of appropriate treatment plans and issues involved in treatment planning. Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in a helping profession, and Instructor permission and CNS 637.
  • CNS 667 Counseling Substance and Process Addictions (3 credit hours) Counseling issues to substance abuse diagnosis, treatment and aftercare program.
  • Two 3-credit courses related to the program content and approved by certificate advisor.

Turn this certificate program into a masters degree!

Planned Program

The courses will tentatively be offered the following semesters.

  • Fall: CNS 637
  • Spring: CNS 647
  • Summer: CNS 667

Admission Criteria

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and meet minimum admission requirements to the Graduate School. Apply to the Addictions Education Certificate program directly through the Graduate School application. Admissions are on a rolling basis; students are accepted throughout the year into the certificate program. Classes can begin any semester; they are not required to be taken in sequence.
For financial aid and funding information, please visit our funding opportunities webpage.

Additional Information

Dr. Andrea Jenkins, Ph.D.
AE Program Coordinator
Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
(270) 745-4786

For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.




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 Last Modified 12/3/19