Advanced Certificate Program in Addiction Treatment and Prevention Services – 18 credits

The 18-credit advanced certificate in addiction treatment and prevention services is designed for graduate level students or post master’s degree individuals who are interested in enhancing their body of knowledge specific to addiction services. Students interested in the advanced certificate program must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college. GRE scores are not required for this certificate.

The curriculum is designed to provide an overview and state of the art information regarding services presently provided to individuals, families, organizations, and communities interested in preventing, intervening, assessing, and treating people in the area of addictions.  Each individual pursuing this certificate is expected to meet with the Academic Program Director, Dr. Meri Shadley, to develop an individualized program of study based upon the student’s interests, experience, previous education, and career goals. The curriculum options presently available include:


Course Options

  • CAS 674 Overview of Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery (3 credits)
  • CEP 642b Assessment & Diagnosis (3 credits)
  • CAS 637 Aging and Addiction (3 credits)
  • CAS 639 Exploring Gambling Behaviors (3 credits)
  • CAS 659 Special Topics in Addiction  (3 credits)

*Varied topics available: i.e., Women, Co-occurring, Process Addictions, Supervision

  • CAS 660 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • CAS 712R The Neurosciences of Addiction (3 credits)
  • CAS 759 Assessment, Treatment, and Case Management (3 credits)
  • CAS 760 Advanced Addiction Counseling in Community Settings (3 credits)
  • CAS 761 Couple and Family Treatment of Addictions (3 credits)

Students pursuing the advanced certificate who have previously completed the undergraduate minor or certificate in addiction treatment services should not enroll in CAS 674 as it would be repetitive.  Additionally, graduate versions of previously completed undergraduate courses should also be avoided due to repetitiveness of course material.

To apply for the Advanced Certificate in Addiction Treatment & Prevention Services, complete the following application form along with a resume and unofficial transcript.  Submit all information to the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT), Attention:  Dr. Meri Shadley.

Individuals who already have a master’s degree and are clinically licensed (i.e., Psychologist, MFT, CPC, MSW) may pursue an abbreviated program of study in order to waive clinical internship hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure.  Such individuals should seek advisement from the CASAT Academic Coordinator, Dr. Meri Shadley mshadley@casat.org.