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

To apply for the Post Baccalaureate AODA Certificate program contact:

CSU Graduate Admission
Cook Administration Building / 308

The need for effective, dedicated professionals trained in the field of chemical dependency is rapidly increasing in America.  Alcohol and drug dependency coupled with mental illnesses are affecting families and communities across the country.

Chicago State University is aware of this crisis and offers a comprehensive accredited Alcohol and other Drug Addiction (AODA) counselor training program, which will prepare students to work in the field of addictions.  Specifically, the student will be trained not only to treat the disease, but the person and his / her family holistically as well.

About Certification

Students completing the AODA training program will be eligible to take that Illinois State Certification Examination administered by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA).  The goal of the program is  to lead to employment in facilities such as:

  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Schools, Colleges, & Universities
  • Community agencies & organizations

The Undergraduate Minor in AODA

 For information, contact Priya Kalaria, Undergraduate Psychology Advisor, 773-995-3775, HWH 301B

Students who are current undergraduates at CSU should select AODA as a minor.  Students who are current graduates at CSU should select AODA as post baccalaureate certification.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredit hours
PSYC 1100Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 2040 - or
PSYC  2000
Childhood and Adolescence
Life Span Development
PSYC 2155Abnormal Psychology3
 Total Prerequisites credit hours9

Required Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSYC 4200Pharmacology for Addictions3
PSYC 4201Ethics for Addictions3
PSYC 4205Chemical Dependency Counseling3
PSYC 4203Addictions and Domestic Violence3
PSYC 4202Alcohol and Drug Addiction Internship6
PSYC 4206Psychology of Drug Addiction3
PSYC 4206/5206Addiction Assessment/ Case Management3
Approved Elective
Certification Exam Review Seminar 0
 Total Required Courses27


Required CSU Exams:

Student must complete CSU English, Math, and Reading placement examinations or equivalent courses.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Students with a bachelor's degree are exempt for university placement exams, but must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (2.75 - 2.99 may qualify for conditional status)

Employment Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics (2006-2007), the demand is expected to be strong for substance abuse, behavioral, and mental health counselors for a variety of reasons.  Substance counselors (with either a Bachelors or a Masters degree) help people who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders.  These counselors work with individuals, families and groups and provide case management and referral services.

Salary Information

In Illinois, the salary for Drug Abuse Counselors in 2006 ranged from $19,540 to $45,470.  The median salary ranged between $24,350 to $37,520.  It was noted that government employers paid highest wages.


Maryse Nazon, PsyD, CADC, MISA
AODA Program Coordinator