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Counseling and Student Affairs

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 offers the following required courses that can be taken 100% online; electives may be taken online, web-enhanced, or 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 Abusers & Their Families (3 credit hours) Counseling issues to substance abuse diagnosis, treatment and aftercare program.
  • CNS 596 Internship or advisor approved course (3 credit hours)
  • Advisor Approved Elective (3 credit hours)

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


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 Last Modified 9/27/17