Addiction Studies Certificate
Western Seminary's Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) program addresses the need for recovery services in our churches and communities by combining theoretical recovery constructs with professional experience and personal transformation. Based on the Seminary's gospel-centered approach, seasoned faculty help students develop specialized knowledge and professional skills for a wide range of addiction counseling professions and Christian ministries. It is specifically designed to prepare individuals to test for state certified and licensed organizations such as California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and the NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.
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In as little as one year
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What Sets Our Recovery Training Apart?
- A CAADAC, CCBADC, and CFAAP approved program that serves as a direct pathway to certification or licensure in a variety of recovery roles
- Thorough integration of Christian worldview with recovery theory and skill sets
- Spend three semesters in supervised counseling practicum, caring for actual clients
- M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy students may add the Addiction Studies Certificate by completing just eight more credits
The Addiction Studies Certificate may be completed in as little as one year's time through convenient mid-week evening and weekend courses. These scheduling solutions allow students to minimize travel to campus and maintain their family, church and work commitments.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A foundational knowledge of psychology
- A completed application for admission and all admissions materials
- An interview with the Marital and Family Therapy Program Director
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative Addiction Studies Certificate admission options.
Federal loans are not currently available to students in the Addiction Studies Certificate program. However, ASC students can qualify to receive institutional aid including scholarships and grants.