The Addiction Specialist Training Certificate

The Addiction Specialist Training Program is designed to provide the background knowledge necessary for students to develop the skills to help people with substance abuse problems.  The program covers areas such as mood-altering chemicals, counseling theories and philosophies, and the development of specific treatment skills including intake, orientation, treating planning, case management, crisis intervention, client advising, referral, documentation, consultation and case presentation.

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Requirements

The certificate requires 24 credits (or 15-18 additional credits for Psychology majors). At least 12 credits must be earned at Saint Vincent College. The curriculum is based on the assumption that the student has had Introduction to Psychology or an equivalent course.

Required Courses:

  • PY 250 Addiction Behaviors (formerly SO 105 Chemical Dependency) - 3 credits
  • PY 214 Adolescent Development - 3 credits
  • PY 219 Introduction to Counseling - 3 credits
  • PY 251 Family Systems - 3 credits
  • PY 252 Rehabilitative Treatment Systems - 3 credits
  • PY 280 Interpersonal and Group Processes - 3 credits

One of the following two: 

  • PY 243 Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits
  • CLS 377 Addiction and Crime - 3 credits

One of the following two:

  • PY 322 Health Psychology - 3 credits
  • PY 331 Biological Psychology - 3 credits