Choose the addictions specialization.

The Addictions Counseling cognate is comprised of three courses (nine credits) that are specifically designed to help prepare those who hold a graduate counseling degree for the academic requirements of the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) credential from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). This is a highly credible professional credential for Counselors.

  • Overview

    • School: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
    • Division: Social Science
    • Degree Type: Specialization
    • Format: Online
    • Location: Online
  • Program Benefits

    • Accessible to all students from anywhere as all courses will be taught in an 7 week online format. 
    • Training received will allow graduates greater marketability as it addresses a core struggle for many people (substance and non-substance addictions). 
    • Prepares MA Counseling graduates for LPC Licensure in other states that may require an addictions course. 

    Career Options

    • Drug and alcohol counseling
    • Rehabilitation counseling
    • Detoxification counseling
    • Private practice counseling
    • Group counseling
    • Community mental health counseling
    • Intensive outpatient counseling
    • Inpatient counseling
    • Residential treatment centers
  • Admissions Requirements

    • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
    • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate G.P.A.

    Admissions Process

    • Apply online here.
    • Request that official transcripts from any undergraduate or graduate institutions you have attended be mailed to GRTS.
    • Notify personal and ministry references that a GRTS Admissions representative will e-mail them a link to the electronic reference forms.

WHO CAN TAKE THE COURSES?

The CAADC certification is encouraged for anyone in the social services field that desires to learn more about helping people who struggle with addiction. The Michigan Board typically certifies those with any of the following degrees/licenses: Master's level in counseling (LLPC, LPC), psychology (LLP, LP), social work (LLMSW, LMSW), or marriage and family therapy (LLMFT, LMFT).

Individuals with a bachelor's degree can also pursue certification at the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) level. Please go to the Michigan Certification Board website www.mcbap.com for application and instructions regarding the certification processes.

HOW DO I ENROLL?

I ALREADY HAVE A MASTER'S DEGREE.

Anyone who already holds a master's degree will need to apply using the Non-Degree Application. This will allow you to take only the courses needed for certification, rather than a full degree program. According to the MCBAP, anyone with a Master's Degree or license at a Master's level in psychology, social work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy with a clinical application may seek this certification as a CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor).

I AM INTERESTED IN THE MA COUNSELING PROGRAM AND ADDICTIONS CERTIFICATION.

If you are thinking about working as a counselor and the filed of addictions intrigues you, the MA in Counseling at GRTS may be the right program for you! Apply to the 72-credit MA Counseling program using the Main Application for Admission and choose the Addictions Counseling cognate specialization.