Alcoholism & Other Drugs of Addiction Program (AODA)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

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 (18 Credits)

  • Theories and Practice of Addictions Counseling  (COUN 5810)
  • Family Violence and Addictions/Trauma Informed Treatment for Women and Adolescents (PSYC 5302)
  • Assessment, Planning and Case Management (PSYC 5303)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (PSYC 5306)
  • Addictions Internship I: Addictions Counseling (PSYC 5307 - includes 300 hours of field practice)
  • Addictions Internship II: Ethics and Professional Issues in Addictions Counseling (PSYC 5308 - includes 300 hours of field practice)

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

Students will be required to do an internship of 600 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 23% from 2020-2030, 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. Many counselors conduct sessions for individuals, families, and groups to provide case management and referral services. In addition, substance abuse counselors are experiencing an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting toll on mental health. In Illinois, the median income for a Drug Abuse Counselor/Mental Health counselor in 2020 is approximately $47,660. It was noted that the government is the  highest paying employer for this occupation.

Additional Information About This Program

This certificate primarily prepares students to work in the field of addictions. The certificate is accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for the Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Counselor Examination. The certificate is an ideal compliment to any graduate degree in counseling, social work, criminal justice and other disciplines. It also offers graduates a wide range of professional possibilities. For information about program costs, employment, and other information, click here for gainful employment.


Interesting Facts

  • Alcohol is the most commonly used substance, and the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States.
  • Globally, alcohol misuse is the fifth leading risk factor for permature death and disability.
  • In 2019, 9.5 million American adults suffer from +1 co-occurring disorders-both substance abuse and mental health disorders.
  • Substance abuse and addiction cost the US over $470 billion dollars per year in work efficiency, healthcare expenses and crime increases.
  • 90% of people with a substance abuse disorder began using drugs or drinking alcohol prior to the age of 18.
  • Death from overdose has tripled since 1990, particularly death from Fentanyl use in 2019 is at an epidemic rate.

AODA Program Coordinator/Advisor

Maryse Nazon, PsyD, CADC, MISA

Phone: (773) 995-2394


For Questions Regarding Psychology Minors

Contact: Psychology Undergraduate Advising Center HWH 214

Call (773) 821-2885