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Substance Use Disorder Counseling Online Certificate

The field of substance use disorder counseling ranks among the top twenty fastest-growing occupations in the State of Ohio. The Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate (SUD) prepares students to be Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDC) or a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselors (LICDC), depending on prior academic work. 

Leading to licensure in the State of Ohio, the SUD certificate provides in-depth, evidence-based training that is highly valued by employers. Current undergraduate students and bachelor’s-level college graduates are eligible for this five-course program. Students with master’s degrees can complete the program by taking as few as three courses.

The SUD certificate at John Carroll is a cohort program offering an accelerated pace for students to complete the coursework in just eight months. In each cohort, students are joined by classmates from diverse personal and professional backgrounds who advance through the program as a community of peers. The classes are held fully online with a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning. Classes are seven or fourteen weeks in length and are taught by dually-licensed counselors with years of clinical, academic, and research experience.  

45-Year Tradition of Educating Counseling Students

This flexible certificate program features comprehensive online classes that provide a solid foundation for practicing in the specialty of substance abuse and addictive behavior. Put your passion for helping others to work and learn how to treat one of America’s most harmful disorders. Your courses are taught by practicing counselors from the greater Cleveland area, allowing you to build your network and learn directly from professionals in the field. Take advantage of our established connections at agencies and private practices, and pursue coveted internship placements and jobs.

  • CG 514. Addiction Knowledge  
  • CG 515. Treatment Knowledge for Chemical Dependency & Addictive Disorders  
  • CG 516. Service Coordination and Documentation for Chemical Dependency and Addictive Disorders  
  • CG 517. Group and Individual Counseling for Chemical Dependency and Addictive Disorders 
  • CG 518. Field Experience in Chemical Dependency and Addictive Disorders* 

*Students may not need CG 518 if they are already working in the substance use disorder field. Please make an appointment with the Program Coordinator, Dr. Moore to confirm the necessary course sequence.

  • CG556. Family & Relationship Counseling 

You can find the course descriptions by visiting the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

  • The Substance Abuse Disorder Online Certificate tuition rate reflects John Carroll’s commitment to supporting individuals who have a passion for helping others. Tuition is charged at the College of Arts and Sciences cost per credit hour.
  • Federal Loans are now available for the Certificate Program. For more information on financial aid, contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services at 216.397.4248.

The SUD counseling online certificate is well suited for those who are in a variety of professions including; law enforcement, probation officers, social workers, human resources, mental health practitioners, nurses, and other medical staff, just to name a few. This graduate certificate is both for aspiring and current professionals.

  • Meet with the Program Coordinator, Dr. Moore. Schedule an appointment here.
  • Complete your application.

Fall Semester

  • CG 514 - Addiction Knowledge - First half of Semester
  • CG 516 - Service Coordination & Documentation - Second half of Semester
  • CG 515 - Treatment Knowledge - Full Semester

Spring Semester

  • CG 556 - Family and Relationship Counseling - First half of Semester
  • CG 517- Group & Individual Substance Use Disorders -  Full Semester
  • CG 518 - Field Experience in Substance Use Disorders Counseling (Optional for students needing field experience) - Full Semester