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Addictions Counseling - Certification Information

Coursework in both the Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling and the Certificate of Completion in Addiction Counseling is designed to meet educational requirements of national and state addictions counseling standards, as designated by the following credentialing organizations: 

The ACCBO (CADC) , NBCC or NAADAC Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and the NASW credential identifies to counseling professions and the public those counselors who have met national and state professional addictions counseling standards. It also promotes the addictions counselor's professional identity, visibility, and accountability, and further encourages the professional growth of addictions counselors.

The certificate program in addictions counseling is available in two forms: a for-credit academic graduate certificate and a noncredit certificate of completion.

PSU graduate certificates

A graduate certificate program is a linked series of approved graduate-level courses that constitute a coherent body of study with a specific, defined focus within a discipline. It is designed for a postbaccalaureate participant and reflects the educational mission of the University. Courses and certificates completed are transcripted by the registrar as a part of the student's permanent University record.

A student must be formally admitted to the graduate certificate program, including admission to the university at the graduate certificate level.

Certificate of completion

A certificate of completion is awarded to all who successfully complete the program in Addictions Counseling as a noncredit student. This certificate reflects the total contact hours for continuing education credit of 190 hours. In addition, students needing to document their participation on a course-by-course basis can receive a certificate of completion for each individual course they successfully complete.

A student must be admitted to the certificate of completion program.

Certification information (CEUs and licensure)

Participants can receive a certificate of completion for each course completed or NBCC clock-hour verification. CEUs may be used toward Oregon and Washington counseling or social work licensure. They may also be appropriate for meeting Oregon psychology continuing education requirements. ACCBO approved.