The Addiction Studies Certificate


Program Objectives & Requirements

The Addiction Studies Certificate program provides the specialized knowledge and professional skills for a wide range of addiction counseling professions and ministries. This curriculum is specifically designed to prepare individuals to test for certification under the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and its affiliated state organizations (CAADAC). (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

Students entering the certificate program for credit are expected to present a baccalaureate degree and give evidence of Christian faith, character, promise, and maturity. The same admission standards, materials, and procedures as for the M.Div. program are required. Applicants who seek admission, but who do not meet admission requirements, may seek special consideration from the Admissions Committee.

Transfer Credit

Upon approval by the Registrar, transfer of up to 6 credit hours toward the Addiction Studies Certificate program is allowed from graduate institutions approved by CAADAC or NAADAC. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer and coursework must have completed no more than five years prior to matriculation to Western Seminary.

Transferability of credits earned at Western and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Registrar’s Office for information on eligibility of transfer credit and advanced standing.

Residence Requirements

Of the 26 credit hours required for the Addiction Studies Certificate program, 20 credit hours must be completed through coursework at the Western Seminary San Jose Campus. All work leading to the Addiction Studies Certificate must be completed within two years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Administrative Committee. 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 program requirements must be earned within ten years of the awarding of the certificate.

Addiction Studies Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate for credit a student must complete 26 credit hours of study with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Addiction Studies Certificate Curriculum Plan

Marital and Family Therapy/Counseling Studies: 26 credits
CNS 501 Clinical Foundations: Basic Counseling Skills/Interventions 2
CNS 506 Legal and Ethical Issues 2
CNS 512 Group Counseling 3
CNS 513 Social and Cultural Foundations 2
CNS 527 Physiology, Pharmacology, and Addiction
CNS 529 Counseling Addictions 2
CNS 530 Practicum I 2
CNS 531 Practicum II 2
CNS 532 Practicum III 2
CNS 551 Advanced Counseling Addictions 2
CNS 552 Treatment of Addictive Behavior and Counseling Addictive Behavior 2
CNS 553 Human Services  2
CNS 554 Addiction Group Dynamics 1
CNS 559 Emergency Preparedness: Crisis Management 2

2016-2017 Academic Catalog