Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate Program - Graduate

Coordinator: Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel
Office: University Hall, Room 3315
Phone Number: (973) 655-5381
E-Mail: renfromichee@mail.montclair.edu

The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. The academic preparation follows guidelines established by state licensure and certification boards.

The graduate programs in Counseling offer several advantages:

  • Opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student
  • The opportunity to master counseling skills in a technologically state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, which allows students to record, archive, and review their own counseling practice sessions, which enhances their ability to serve future clients
  • A diverse group of faculty members actively engaged in scholarly research who hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • A theory-to-practice model of instruction that allows students to gain practical experience in schools, community agencies, and colleges and universities
  • An emphasis on the infusion of multicultural counseling and social justice practice in all courses
  • A vibrant and diverse student body that has the opportunity to engage with faculty members on research and present at professional conferences

The courses in the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate program fulfill the educational requirements set by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC eligibility. If they choose, students may apply to matriculate concurrently in the MA in Counseling program.

Program Requirements

COUN 540Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling3
COUN 545Community Resources: Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling3
COUN 590Clinical Applications in Addictions Counseling3
COUN 591Family Seminar: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling3
COUN 640Counseling Co-Occurring Disorders3
HLTH 511Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs3
Total Credits18