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.

Applicants 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 should normally have been completed no more than five years prior to matriculation to Western Seminary. Students may request to be assessed by exam for currency on courses to be transferred that are more than five years old.

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 should be completed 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 earned within ten years of the awarding of the certificate. Alternatively, new or re-entering students whose prior coursework exceeds the ten-year limit may request to demonstrate current competency by examination up to the advanced standing credit limitations for each degree program as specified elsewhere in this catalog.

Addiction Studies Certificate Curriculum Plan

Counseling Studies: 30 credits
AC530 Addiction Studies Practicum 1
AC531 Addiction Studies Internship I 1
AC532 Addiction Studies Internship II 1
AC541 Addictive Behavior: Treatment and Counseling 2
AC542 Advanced Addiction Counseling 2
AC543 Addiction Group Dynamics 1
CN500 Professional Orientation 1
CN501 Clinical Foundations: The Helping Relationship 2
CN504 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention 1
CN506 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
CN513 Multicultural Counseling: Theory and Techniques 3
CN517 Physiology and Psychopharmacology 3
CN519 Addiction Counseling 3
CN520 Group Counseling 3
CN521 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 3