The Addiction Studies Certificate


Program Overview

The Addiction Studies Certificate program prepares practitioners of personal integrity and spiritual maturity to provide effective, ethical, culturally inclusive, professional addiction counseling from a Christian worldview. The program provides the specialized knowledge and professional skills for a wide range of addiction counseling professions and ministries with special emphasis on the treatment of Chemical Dependency. This curriculum is specifically designed to prepare individuals to test for certification under the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC) through application with its affiliated state organizations (CCAPP). (Since requirements for certification or licensure differ between agencies and organizations, individuals are advised to seek additional information on certification and/or licensing with the agency or organization they wish to pursue.) The Addiction Studies Certificate may be completed as a track within the M.A. program or as a stand-alone certificate program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Seminary, applicants for the Addiction Studies Certificate program must possess a four-year baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent from a college or university accredited by a United States association holding membership in one of the seven regional accrediting associations, membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, membership in the Association for Biblical Higher Education, or from an institution which maintains similar academic requirements and standards. Additionally, applicants must present a GPA of 3.0 or higher, including a breadth of liberal arts. Applicants who do not meet these general academic requirements may petition the Admissions Committee for consideration. A recommendation from the applicant’s pastor and three personal recommendations regarding the applicant’s Christian character and leadership also are required.

Applications must give evidence of personal character, interpersonal relationships, goals, motivation, and potential for future addiction counseling career and ministry. These will include a vital spiritual life, growing and nurturing relationships with people, commitment to a biblical/theological worldview, and vocational aspirations involving the care and nurture of people.

Transfer Credit and Residence Requirements

Upon approval by the program director and the registrar’s office, transfer of up to 6 credit hours of is allowed from a California state-approved graduate counseling program. Students must have earned a grade of B or higher for a course to be considered for transfer (courses assigned a passing grade rather than a letter grade will not be considered), and coursework must have completed no more than five years prior to matriculation to Western Seminary.

Of the 30 credits hours required for the Addiction Studies Certificate program, a minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed through coursework at Western Seminary. All work leading to the Certificate within five years from the time of matriculation. Permission to extend the five-year statute of limitation must be granted through submission of an academic petition. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree. All credits applied toward the degree requirements must be earned within ten years of the awarding of the certificate.

Addiction Studies Certificate Curriculum Plan

Marital and Family Therapy/Counseling Studies: 30 credits
CNS501 Clinical Foundations: Basic Counseling Skills/Interventions 2
CNS506 Legal and Ethical Issues 2
CNS512 Group Counseling 3
CNS513 Social and Cultural Foundations 2
CNS527 Physiology, Pharmacology, and Addiction
CNS529 Counseling Addictions 2
CNS530 Practicum I 2
CNS531 Practicum II 2
CNS532 Practicum III 2
CNS544 Counseling Violence and Abuse Issues 3
CNS551 Advanced Addiction Counseling 2
CNS552 Addictive Behavior: Treatment of Counseling 2
CNS553 Human Services  2
CNS554 Addiction Group Dynamics 1