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.
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
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 Number||Course Title||Credit hours|
|PSYC 1100||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSYC 2040 - or|
|Childhood and Adolescence|
Life Span Development
|PSYC 2155||Abnormal Psychology||3|
| ||Total Prerequisites credit hours||9|
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|PSYC 4200||Pharmacology for Addictions||3|
|PSYC 4201||Ethics for Addictions||3|
|PSYC 4205||Chemical Dependency Counseling||3|
|PSYC 4203||Addictions and Domestic Violence||3|
|PSYC 4202||Alcohol and Drug Addiction Internship||6|
|PSYC 4206||Psychology of Drug Addiction||3|
|PSYC 4206/5206||Addiction Assessment/ Case Management||3|
| ||Total Required Courses||27|
Student must complete CSU English, Math, and Reading placement examinations or equivalent courses.
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)
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.
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