Addiction Studies Certificate

Educational programs in Addiction Studies prepare students to work in the field of substance abuse prevention and to counsel individuals and families with drug and/or alcohol problems. Professionals work as substance abuse counselors, peer support mentors, researchers, criminal justice professionals and clinical supervisors in both community and residential settings. Working with individuals with addictive disorders, the objectives are to eliminate dependence on alcohol or drugs and reduce criminal behaviors associated with illicit substances use. Specific proficiencies of the program include skills in assessment, interviewing, counseling and treatment planning within the context of diverse populations.  

Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals: The Addiction Studies certificate program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn prepares individuals to support substance abuse prevention and to counsel individuals and families with drug or alcohol problems. This program will provide instruction in individual and group counseling skills, substance abuse identification methodologies, substance abuse treatment modalities, and substance abuse prevention strategies. Upon completion of this certificate program students will be prepared to take the addiction certificate exam. The learning outcomes for addiction studies certificate program correspond to the Four Domains, Twelve Core Functions, and Global Criteria for Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) defined by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals ( Proficiency in these areas will prepare students to sit for the CADC exam. The coursework will enhance student experience in the field which is also a mandatory requirement for certification. Students who complete the Addiction Studies Certificate will learn how to practice the following in health care settings:

  1. SCREENING: The process by which the client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program.
  2. INTAKE: The administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program.
  3. ORIENTATION: Describing to the client the following: general nature and goals of the program; rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program; in a nonresidential program, the hours during which services are available; treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any; and client rights.
  4. ASSESSMENT: The procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses problems and needs for the development of a treatment plan.
  5. TREATMENT PLANNING: Process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution; establish agreed upon immediate and long-term goals; and decide upon a treatment process and the resources to be utilized.
  6. COUNSELING: (Individual, Group, and Significant Others): The utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications; examination of attitudes and feelings; consideration of alternative solutions; and decision-making.

  7. CASE MANAGEMENT: Activities that bring services, agencies, resources or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals. It may involve liaison and collateral contacts.

  8. CRISIS INTERVENTION: Those services that respond to an alcohol and/or other drug abuser’s needs during acute emotional and/or physical distress.

  9. CLIENT EDUCATION: Provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources.

  10. REFERRAL: Identifying the needs of a client that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available.

  11. REPORT AND RECORD KEEPING: Charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan, writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client related data.

  12. CONSULTATION WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN REGARD TO CLIENT TREATMENT/SERVICES: Relating with in-house staff or outside professionals to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client.

How to Apply

Certificate Requirements 

Core Courses (12 Cr. Hrs.)

CHE 4013
or CRJ 200 Intro to Criminal Justice
HHS 202Mental Health Terminology3
HHS 370Medicine and Addiction I3
HHS 371Medicine and Addiction II3
Total Credit Hours12

Electives (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Select from the following:6
Drugs, Alcohol, and Society
Drugs, Crime, and Justice
Current Issues in Crim Justice
Sobriety Credit
Responsible Drug Policy
Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz
Inside Out Prison Exchange
Total Credit Hours6