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Department of Social Work

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Studies (CCADACS)

Application Deadlines:

Summer Semester - April 15th 
Fall Semester - July 15th
Spring Semester - November 15th

About the CCADACS

Students admitted to the graduate CCADACS program have a unique opportunity to begin preparation for licensure/certification as alcohol and drug abuse counselors. Courses are both conveniently offered through both synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning platforms. Four courses are included in the CCADACS program for a total of 12 credit hours. Most state licensure/certification boards will accept the certificate as 180 hours (45 hours per course) of substance abuse/addiction specific education required for licensure or certification as alcohol and drug counselors, and/or licensure as clinical addiction specialist (LADAC, CAADC, LCAS, etc.).

The four courses include the following:

  • SOWK 5367* Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drugs - Online (fall, spring, & summer semesters)
  • SOWK 5368  Clinical Practice in Addiction Treatment and Prevention - Webex (fall)
  • SOWK 5369  Science of Addiction for Behavioral Health Professionals - Webex (spring)
  • SOWK 5370  Cultural Humility in Addiction Treatment and Prevention - Webex (summer)
    *prerequisite

CCADACS Admission Requirements

In addition to the admissions criteria set by the ETSU School of Graduate Studies, students must meet the following criteria for admission to the CCADACS program:

  • Bachelor's degree in a behavioral health discipline (social work, psychology, counseling, or human services) from a regionally accredited institution. Or, the applicant is a current graduate student in a behavioral health discipline
  • Minimum undergraduate point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed Application materials listed below

Application materials which must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies include:

  1. A completed application (Click Here for the Graduate Studies Application);
  2. An essay describing reason for pursuing the certificate (400 words);
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation;
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended; and
  5. A resume or CV.

All applicants will be evaluated by an admissions committee. Current ETSU graduate students are exempt from letters of recommendation and transcript submission requirements. First preference for admission will be given to candidates who seek dual admission to both the MSW program and the CCADACS and those who are current ETSU graduate students. Timely submission of application materials is encouraged as space is limited.

CCADACS Program Requirements for current ETSU MSW Students

In addition to the application process required by the School of Graduate Studies, ETSU MSW students must submit an MSW Statement of Interest (SOI) directly to the CCADACS Coordinator, Dr. Dottie Greene, at .

There are three elements to the CCADACS for MSW students: (1) four courses, (2) field practicum, and (3) CCADACS approved supervision. Each course is equivalent to 3 credit hours or 45 contact hours. A total of 12 credit hours (180 contact hours) of substance use disorder (SUD)/addiction specific education is completed for the CCADACS. No more than 50% (2 courses, 6 credit hours) of the CCADAC hours may be applied to the MSW degree. Current MSW students may count two CCADACS courses as MSW electives. In addition to the educational requirements, MSW CCADACS students will complete their field experience in an appropriate SUD/Addiction setting and receive supervision by a qualified supervisor.

1. COURSES

  • SOWK 5367* Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drugs - Online (fall, spring, & summer semesters)
  • SOWK 5368  Clinical Practice in Addiction Treatment and Prevention - Webex (fall)
  • SOWK 5369  Science of Addiction for Behavioral Health Professionals - Webex (spring)
  • SOWK 5370  Cultural Humility in Addiction Treatment and Prevention - Webex (summer)
    (SOWK 5368, 5369, & 5370 require acceptance into the CCADACS to register)
    *prerequisite

2. FIELD PLACEMENT

The MSW student's concentration year field placement must be in a SUD, co-occuring disorder, or integrated care treatment/prevention setting, and a minimum of 600 contact hours must be completed. Students may wish to complete both the foundation and concentration year internships in an approved setting given the required Qualified Clinical Supervisors (QCS) or Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) is available. Priority for field placements in SUD settings will be given to CCADACS MSW students in their concentration year. It is crucial that MSW CCADACS candidates inform the Field Director or cohort Field Coordinator of their interest in the CCADACS program as soon as possible, as CCADACS approved placements are limited.Only current MSW students are eligible to receive CCADACS field practicum assistance as this is a required component of the MSW curriculum.

3. SUPERVISION

Students who complete their field placements in an approved SUD/addiction setting, and who have an approved SUD/addiction supervisor, may be able to count their field internship hours towards the experiential hours required for state licensure as substance abuse counselors and clinical addiction specialists.

  • TN: In addition to the required MSW supervision, Tennessee CCADACS students must be supervised by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor LADAC II who also holds a Qualified Clinical Supervisor Certificate (QCS).
  • NC: In addition to the required MSW supervision, North Carolina CCADACS students must be supervised by a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) who also holds a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS or CSI) credential.
  • VA: In addition to the required MSW supervision, Virginia students must be supervised by a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) or a clinician with an equivalent credential or license.

It is ideal for the supervisor to hold both an MSW degree and the appropriate state credential(s) for alcohol and drug abuse counseling supervision (e.g. LCSW, LCAS, CCS; LCSW, LADAC II, QCS).

State Licensure and Certification Boards

The graduate Certificate in Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies (CCADACS) and state licensure are two distinct processes. The CCADACS does not grant graduates licensure or certification at the state level, although it may be helpful to meet state requirements for credentialing. It is the student's responsibility to follow through with their state's requirements to obtain licensure or certification. Requirements may vary by state.

Application Process for ETSU MSW Students

  1. ETSU MSW students must complete the Statement of Interest (SOI) and email to Dr. Greene at .
  2. All applicants must also complete the Graduate Studies Application specific to the CCADACS program.
  3. ETSU MSW CCADACS applicants are required to submit a 400 word essay detailing their interest in the CCADACS program. The graduate application notes a 150 word essay. Simply expand the 150 word essay to 400 words in order to meet requirements for both. You do not need to submit two separate essays.
  4. A resume must also be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, Michele Lamb.
  5. ETSU MSW students are exempt from the requirement submit transcripts and letters of recommendation. 

 

For More Information:

Dottie Saxon Greene, PhD, LCSW, LCAS, LADAC II, CCS, QCS
CCADACS Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor
ETSU, Department of Social Work

423-439-6569

Other Helpful Contacts:

Michelle Lamb
Graduate Specialist (graduate application assistance)
ETSU, School of Graduate Studies

423-439-4431

Amber Street, LCSW
Director of MSW Field Education
ETSU, Department of Social Work

423-439-6017

 

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