Graduate Certificate in Addictions

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 Missouri may not enroll in the online Graduate Certificate in Addictions program.

Graduate Certificate in Addictions Program Highlights

The Graduate Certificate in Addictions provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Apply contemporary theories and information technologies to real-world situations, and engage in research in the focal areas of the science of psychology
  • Analyze and apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology to arrive at appropriate professional practice strategies
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural implications of decisions within the field of psycholog

Prepare for Future Studies

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.

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Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

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.

How Do I Get Started?

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.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 40

    Total Program Credits: 40

    • PS 508: ETHICS FOR ADDICTIONS PROFESSIONALS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 511: CHEMICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 516: PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS  511

    • PS 521: GROUP COUNSELING Change

      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 addressed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 526: ADVANCED ADDICTIONS COUNSELING Change

      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 counseling.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 531: CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS AND TREATMENTS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 535: ADDICTIONS PRACTICUM I Change

      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.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 536: ADDICTIONS PRACTICUM II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS 535

Curriculum: Concentration

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*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.

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