Graduate Addictions Certification Program Requirements

This program is offered on the Aurora campus and at Woodstock Center.

The School of Social Work offers 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. All of the requirements can be completed in one calendar year or extended to three years. The School of Social Work will guide you through the CADC certification process.

Application requirements

The applicant must have earned a Bachelor or Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program or degrees in other disciplines may also be accepted upon transcript review.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A graduate application (obtained online or from the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies/Woodstock Center) for the Graduate Addictions Certification program
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field
  3. An official sealed transcript denoting the BSW or MSW degree. For all other applicants, submit official, sealed transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended.

These materials should be sent to the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies (Aurora candidates) or Woodstock Center (Woodstock candidates). When all components of the application package are received by the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies, it will be reviewed by the School of Social Work Admissions Committee.

Once admitted, applicants must interview with the School of Social Work Addictions Training Director or designee. The purpose of the interview is to review the applicant's transcript for course content that is required for the Graduate Addictions Certification program.

Course Work and Field Placement Requirements (15 semester hours total)

Graduate Addictions Certification students must successfully complete the following courses:

  • 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)

Students play a vital role in determining their field placement. A list of approved addictions agencies is maintained by the School of Social Work Field Director. Placements need to be arranged before a student registers for SWK6810 — Graduate Addictions Certification Advanced Field Instruction.

Academic requirements

The student must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.00 for the entire course sequence.

The program must be completed within three academic years after being officially accepted into the certificate program. Any modification in the program completion plan must have prior approval of the addictions training director.

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 the Woodstock Center at 815-337-6051 or Brenda Barnwell, Associate Professor, Addictions Program Coordinator, at 630-947-8934 or bbarnwell@aurora.edu.


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