Certification in Addictions Counseling

The PSU Addictions Counseling Certificate programs are being discontinued. Admissions to these programs are currently closed. Courses in the second year of the programs will be offered in the 2018-19 academic year to allow currently enrolled students to complete their programs. These courses will be open to other students interested in enrolling in them. For a list of these courses, please visit Program Courses.

PSU offers two programs for certification in addictions counseling:

  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling
  • Certificate of Completion in Addictions Counseling

We offer these programs of graduate coursework for behavioral health, mental health, addictions treatment, and other human services professionals at both the graduate credit level with the Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling, and the noncredit level Certificate of Completion in Addictions Counseling. Individuals with either certificate can not only better serve their clients, but also increase their employment options. Mental health professionals need additional training in addictions counseling to provide services for clients struggling with this issue. Addictions professionals increasingly need graduate-level studies and graduate degrees to either qualify for treatment positions or to advance into program administration.


  • An opportunity to continue your education in a way that demonstrates your initiative and interest to employers and increases your knowledge 
  • Graduate-level sequence of classes that organizes knowledge and information relevant to one aspect of a discipline 
  • Successful performance in the graduate certificate program can be applied to a master's degree program in the same discipline 

General information

PSU’s certification in addictions counseling is an academic series of courses providing a broad overview of addictions counseling, concepts of treatment, and clinical skills, and prepares participants for work with clients struggling with addiction. The courses are designed as an informal cohort program with participants beginning together with the first course and continuing sequentially through the program on the same schedule. Most courses are a prerequisite for the following courses.

The Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling provides students with a PSU transcript of graded courses at the graduate level that can be applied to other graduate programs in the human services field. The Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling is presented on successful completion of the program.  

The Certificate of Completion in Addictions Counseling offers the coursework as a series of trainings providing documentation after the completion of each course for licensed mental healthcare professionals needing to verify contact hours of academic or continuing professional education in the treatment of addiction disorders. The Certificate of Completion in Addictions Counseling is presented on successful completion of the program. 

The program is intended for mental health, physical health, addictions treatment, and other human services professionals in the community and graduate students in related fields. It enables participants to acquire training and education in science-based practices and provides the knowledge essential to working with addicted populations.

Licensed mental health professionals, such as social workers or professional counselors, can greatly increase their employment opportunities by obtaining addictions treatment training. Many addiction treatment programs are beginning to require a master's degree as a minimum qualification for hiring, as well as training and education in addictions treatment. It has also become increasingly important for healthcare professionals to have the ability to work with clients who present both mental health and addiction issues.

This certificate program is designed to help meet the course requirements for specialty certification through NAADACNBCCNASW, and CADC I through ACCBO. Check with your respective professional association for their complete requirements. 

Designed for

  • Counselors and therapists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Students in graduate social service, mental health, and healthcare programs, including social work, counseling, school counseling, and community health.

Length of Program
Intended time to complete: Approximately 6 terms

Jobs related to this program
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors: 21-1012


Tammy Klupar

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