Advanced Training for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (AODA)
Accredited by The Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA)

About Certification
Students completing the AODA Post-baccalaureate certificate training program will be eligible to take the Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) Illinois State Certification Examination administered by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB) to receive their CADC . The goal of the program is to lead to employment in facilities such as:

• Hospitals and clinics
• Schools, colleges and universities
• Community agencies and organizations

The two-year work experience requirement will be waived for students who complete an IAODAPCA accredited program.

CSU course numbers are given in parentheses:
• Intro to Psychology (1100)
• Childhood and Adolescence (2040) or Lifespan Development (2000)
• Abnormal Psychology (2155)

*Students are required to take all prerequisite courses. Will not be given credit towards program requirements.

Required Courses(21 Credits)
• Pharmacology for Addictions (4200/5200)
• Ethics for Addictions (4201/5201)
• Chemical Dependency Counseling (4202/5202)
• Community and Domestic Violence/Addictions (4203/5203)
• AODA Internship (4204/5204)
• Psychology of Drug Addiction (4205/5205)
• Case Management (4206/5206)

Electives (Minimum 6 Credits)
• Course must be approved by Advisor/Department

Students are encouraged to take the non-credit Certification Exam Review Seminar.

Students will be required to do an internship of 500 field hours, which must be completed within a year and approved by the program coordinator.

Employment Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31% from 2012-2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. A key reason for the growth is that the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance providers cover treatment for mental health issues now as well as the shift in how the justice system is dealing with drug offenders. Rather than jail time, many offenders are receiving treatment-oriented sentences. Typically, counselors conduct session for individuals, families, and groups to provide case management and referral services. In Illinois, the salary for a Drug Abuse Counselor in 2012 ranged from $25,140 to $60,000. The median salary ranged between $24,580 to $37,700. It was noted that government employers paid highest wages.

Interesting Facts
• 1 in 4 Americans will have an alcohol or drug problem at some point in their lives.
• Almost a quarter of a trillion dollars of the nation’s yearly healthcare costs are attributed to substance abuse and addictions.
• 60% of admission to emergency rooms are either directly or indirectly due to drug or alcohol usage.
• 50% of all traffic accidents involve the use of drugs or alcohol, with many of these being fatal.
• Alcohol and other drugs contribute to over 50% of all suicides and over 50% of all violent crimes.
• Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.
• More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.
• The annual Illinois statewide economic costs associated with alcohol, other drug, and tobacco-related mortality is in excess of $3.5 billion.

AODA Program Coordinator/Advisor
Maryse Nazon, PsyD, CADC, MISA
Phone: (773) 995-2394

For Questions Regarding Psychology Minors Contact:

Psychology Undergraduate Advisor
CSU Undergraduate Advising Center LIB 428

Call (773) 995-5360