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Addiction is one of the most severe health and social problems facing our nation. According to a 2009 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 22.5 million Americans (8.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older) were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year.*Kaplan University’s Graduate Certificate in Addictions is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue employment or career advancement as an addiction professional.† The program is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC, nasacaccreditation.org), and students who complete the program will meet the coursework requirements to take the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) certification examination.‡Courses in the program focus on chemical and psychological dependency counseling, advanced addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, with an emphasis on application.The Graduate Certificate in Addictions consists of a minimum of 40 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the online Graduate Certificate in Addictions program: Kentucky and Missouri.
The Graduate Certificate in Addictions provides you with the opportunity to:
A graduate certificate from Kaplan University could help you pursue a number of careers in the field of addiction counseling and treatment. Work settings may include hospitals, mental health clinics, behavioral health centers, detox centers, and more.†
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online Start Date
Dec 07, 2016
Online and Campus Start Date
Jan 04, 2017
Online Start Date
Feb 01, 2017
This course provides an in-depth study of the laws, ethics, confidentiality requirements, and protocols that guide clinical addictions work in professional settings. You will study the relevant codes of ethics in the addictions field. The curriculum will provide an in-depth understanding of ethical theory, an understanding of diverse populations, and knowledge of federal/state confidentiality laws. You will analyze and evaluate moral and legal issues, as well as any personal and socio-cultural influences, that may impact the ethical decision-making process. You will develop decision-making skills that will impact your analysis and responses to complex ethical issues.
Total Program Credits: 40
This course provides an overview of dependency counseling strategies using a biopsychological approach to help identify, change, and maintain dependency-free behaviors. You will use your understanding of the biopsychological model in order to explore how addiction begins and intensifies as a complicated interaction between chemical and behavioral changes that occur during addiction. You will practice identifying diagnoses using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and proposing appropriate interventions through evaluating and writing case studies.
This course surveys basic
psychopharmacological concepts, the effects of various
psychotropic drugs on the brain, and the actions of hormones
released during addiction episodes. In the first part of the
course, students focus on basic principles of psychopharmacology
and drug-receptor interactions and dose-response relationships.
In the second part of the course, students examine how specific
drug families affect different parts of the brain causing
interference with normal functioning. Students will use their
understanding of basic psychopharmacology to propose appropriate
diagnoses and interventions for hypothetical clients, and to
evaluate current research studies.
This course focuses on the theory and practice
of group counseling and its application to the chemical
dependency counseling field. Concepts include stages of group
development, theories of group counseling, including the
interactional group model, strategies for group motivation, and
group process. Students will engage in group simulation exercises
wherein they will take on roles of different group archetypes in
order to evaluate group situational reactions, evaluate current
research studies, write a group session plan, and propose
strategies for solving common group problems that arise during
the course of treatment. The application of group counseling
theory and practice to culturally diverse groups is
This course provides an in-depth examination
of dependency and addiction dynamics. Students will use their
knowledge of counseling theories common to dependency counseling,
such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to evaluate case studies,
diagnose dependency, and propose appropriate treatments. Ethical
dilemmas that occasionally arise in the counselor/client
relationship will be analyzed and discussed. Additionally,
students will evaluate case studies that contain ethical, legal,
and sociocultural issues using the code of ethics of addiction
This course will prepare students to work with
clients diagnosed with an addiction and mental health disorder.
Students will survey some of the special problems related to
having addiction and various types of mental health disorders.
Different treatment models will be discussed and students will
practice using their knowledge of co-occurring theory to analyze
research and case studies.
The practicum experience in addictions is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The practicum is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience, and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.
Addictions Practicum ll is an extension to the Addictions Practicum l experience and is designed to prepare graduate student clinicians by extending the program's didactic and classroom-based experiential components to produce an increasingly sophisticated learning experience. The practicum is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience and prepares the student for future training in professional psychology.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Note: Program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.
* Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National Findings (2010), on the Internet atoas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/2k9ResultsP.pdf.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
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