Programs and Degrees
Substance Abuse Counseling
This professional certificate in substance abuse counseling at the University of Cincinnati's College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is designed for students who already possess a baccalaureat degree or who are in the process of pursuing a baccalaureate degree in another discipline and who wish to obtain credentials in substance abuse counseling. The program provides students with a knowledge base to be used in counseling, corrections, administrative and prevention settings.
LocationDistance Learning Only
DepartmentSubstance Abuse Counseling
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
ContactPO BOX 210014
Student Success Factors
Students who have an interest in working in the community providing assistance to others are great candidates for the certificate in substance abuse counseling.
Students who excel in the substance abuse counseling certificate program often have very strong interpersonal skills and work well with others. In addition, having excellent written and verbal communications skills will assist these students to excel in the workforce in a number of positions.
The substance abuse counseling program was developed by a team of academic specialists and practitioners in the field to help students and career professionals gain the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to work with the addicted population and those who have been affected by exposure to addictive behavior. Aspects of the program are well suited for those who come in contact with and may assist addicted persons and their families, including:
- Probation, parole and corrections officers
- Social workers and guidance counselors
- Licensed professional counselors
- Nurses and other medical staff
- Psychiatrists and psychologists
- Certified professionals who may want to enhance their career opportunities
- Mental health professionals
Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.
The professional certificate program in substance abuse counseling is grounded in a variety of professional disciplines, including pharmacology, biochemistry, medicine, psychology, psychiatry and sociology. There is a strong emphasis on the recognition, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors. Prevention strategies and issues are also addressed.
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Curriculum Guide Versions:
Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Curriculum
- Certificate Requirements
- SACN1000, Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, SS, 3
- SACN2000, Basic Pharmacology, NS, 3
- SACN2011, Drugs and Behavior, SE, SS, 3
- SACN2021, Assessment and Diagnosis in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
- SACN3032, Fundamental Substance Abuse Counseling Skills, 3
- SACN4000, Group Skills in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
- SACN4001, Substance Abuse Counseling for Families and Other Relationships, 3
- SACN4004, Case Management and Treatment Planning in Substance Abuse Counseling, 3
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students completing our online substance abuse counseling certificate and holding a behavioral science bachelor’s degree will have met the academic requirements for licensure under Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board guidelines. Additional field practice hours are required for eligibility to take the state OCDPB license examination as well as other application requirements. Students who reside outside of the state of Ohio should review their specific state requirements and guidelines for licensure of chemical dependency counselors.
This program offers the convenience of online courses taught by experienced faculty and practitioners in the substance abuse counseling field.
Offered from within the School of Human Services, the substance abuse counseling certificate is situated among many prevention and systems-oriented programs such as health education, mental health counseling, school psychology and school counseling. Nationally-recognized faculty and community-based instructors provide a key link between cutting edge research and evidence-based practices as applied in real-life clinical settings. Student success is promoted through a team of advisors, instructors and program leaders.
This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study. Simply apply for the certificate and register for the appropriate classes.
Program length: 9 months
Transferring to UC Requirements
To transfer to UC, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended.
Changing Majors Within UC
Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as transfer students. It is recommended that students interested in this program meet wtih an academic advisor in the CECH Undergraduate Student Services Center. An appointment can be made by calling 513-556-2336.
Students must obtain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in the substance abuse counseling certificate coursework to obtain the certificate.
Application deadlines are as follows: fall semester - July 1; spring semester - November 1; summer semester - March 1
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