Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate


Earn a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling through the University of Cincinnati. Gain a better understanding of how to work with persons impacted by substance use disorders. Designed for working professionals with a Baccalaureate degree, or students currently working towards a Baccalaureate degree, this certificate will expand your counseling knowledge and help you excel in your career.

Program Objectives

Upon completing the 24 credit hours of the Substance Abuse Counseling certificate, you will have gained understanding in a variety of professional disciplines including:

  • Recognition, understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of addictive behaviors
  • Prevention strategies and issues
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Sociology

Career Possibilities

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

Contact our Program Coordinator

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George B. Richardson

Associate Professor | Substance Abuse Counseling, School of Human Services

Teachers- Dyer Complex, 460R