The combination of the courses listed below will complete the academic and practical components needed; this will partially fulfill the requirements for certification.

Courses required for the academic and practical component of certification include:

  • The three graduate course cognate (COU-651, COU-652, COU-653) 
  • One graduate course in ethics (i.e. COU-502 Counseling Ethics and Issues) 
  • One 300-hour internship that provides experience in counseling people with addictive and compulsive conditions (i.e. COU 784/785). 

Following these courses, a student must:

  • Work in the field of addictions for 2000 hours (can also count toward LPC licensure) 
  • Pass the IC&RC/AADC written exam 
  • Sign the Counselor Code of Ethical Standards 
  • Complete the CAADC application

Please go to the Michigan Certification Board website for application and instructions regarding the certification processes.


COU-651 Clinical Diagnostic Assessment of Addictions
This course will provide the clinical knowledge that is necessary to facilitate an initial intake and diagnostic orientation for the client in the counseling process. Students will learn the diagnostic skills necessary to administer a comprehensive and thorough evaluation for the purpose of determining effective treatment plans for clients who are suffering from diverse addictive and compulsive disorders. An emphasis will be placed on integrating and analyzing current research in the field of addictions counseling assessment from a Christian worldview.

COU-652 Sociology of Addictions
This course provides an introduction to the sociological perspective of addictions counseling by relying on studying systems perspective from a Christian Worldview. The environmental context of the client will be considered in order to promote cultural competence and an awareness of the sociopolitical and economic aspects of addictions. Special attention will be devoted to expanding awareness about collaboration, consultation, case management, client education, service coordination and how to develop a referral network in the community.

COU-653 Addictions Counseling: Treatment and Intervention
This course is designed to help the student become more knowledgeable about counseling philosophy, techniques, theory and professional/ethical standards that are most effective in counseling clients who have been diagnosed with an addictive or compulsive disorder. Current research about the most effective and practical theoretical counseling models that foster personal growth, recovery, healing and change are studied and critiqued from a Biblical perspective. There will be a concentration on documentation/record keeping, crisis intervention, treatment planning and the important aspects of clinical supervision. Students will also have an opportunity to learn and critically examine how their intrapersonal awareness can enhance the counseling process.