Graduate Addictions Certification Program Requirements

We offer a curriculum designed to meet the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) requirements for candidates to become Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors (CADC) in Illinois. The requirements can be completed in one calendar year or extended to three years at our Aurora or Woodstock Center campuses.

Admission Process

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from your MSW degree granting college and/or university. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at *Undergraduate degree holders and graduate degree holders in disciplines other than Social Work may be required to take courses in addition to the addictions specialization courses to meet requirements for the CADC.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional or academic abilities
  4. Personal meeting with the Coordinator of the Addictions Training Specialization or his/her designee.

Program Requirements
Graduate Addictions Certification students must successfully complete the following courses within three academic years after being officially accepted into the certificate program and maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average:

  • SWK 6340 — Survey of Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (3 semester hours)
  • SWK 6350 — Psychopharmacology (3 semester hours)
  • SWK 6200 — Addictions Counseling I (3 semester hours)
  • SWK 6400 — Addictions Counseling II (3 semester hours)
  • SWK 6810 — Graduate Addictions Certification Advanced Field Instruction (3 semester hours)

Field Instruction
We believe that the student should play a vital role in determining his/her field placement. We will help you select an internship site and maintain contact information with agencies. Placements should be arranged before you register for SWK6810.

CADC requirements
The School of Social Work is accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) at the advanced level. Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the CADC certification examination. Certification and testing information for the CADC exam can be found on the IAODAPCA website.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:

Center for Adult and Graduate Studies
Phone: 630-844-5294

Rob Castillo, LCSW, CADC, MISA II, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Addictions Training Director
Phone: 630-844-4570