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Addictions Counseling

Addictions Counseling - A.A.S. Degree and Certificate

College of DuPage is one of only a handful of colleges in the state to offer an approved A.A.S. degree and certificate training program for Domestic Violence and Addictions Counseling. Classes for addictions counseling are offered every semester at COD.

In addition to addiction-related issues, students in this program study contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communications, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment models, group dynamics, interpersonal dynamics and psychopharmacology. Following the completion of classroom work, students participate in one to two 300-hour field placement(s) at inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital substance abuse treatment centers; DUI remediation programs; and other appropriate affiliated sites.

Upon completion of the basic program, students are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the Illinois Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Professionals Certification Association Incorporated (IAODAPCA). After passing this test, students are classified by IAODAPCA as "certificate eligible" and will receive full certification (CADC) with an additional 2,000 to 4,000 paid work hours (depending on their academic degree).

Addictions Counselor Master's Track Certification 
College of DuPage also offers an Addictions Counselor Master's Track Certification program for students who have earned, or are in their second year of earning, a Human Services-related master's degree.

For more information, please contact: 
Jason Florin, (630) 942-2043,