Addiction Studies

Program Description

This certificate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills that are in high demand in all aspects of the behavioral health field. Students receiving this certificate will be provided with the latest evidence-based practices, research studies and best practices in the field of addictions. This certificate is offered to meet educational requirements that are needed for the Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) II training as outlined by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). These courses seek to enhance the student’s counseling abilities, knowledge and competencies in becoming an addictions professional. By completing the educational requirements of this certificate, students are eligible to take the National Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC) NCAC I or NCAC II exam for CAC II certification as required in Colorado. All required classes seek to enhance the student’s ability to offer addiction treatment services in a manner that respects gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, cultural, familial, systemic and socioeconomic diversity.

Contact Information

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Lowell Heiny Hall 413
970.248.1696

ADAP 301 Foundations of Addictions Counseling1 Credit

Provides a foundation for the theoretical, practical, and applied addictions counseling skills necessary for individuals wanting to work in the addictions field.

Prerequisites: PSYC 233.

ADAP 350 Cultural and Ethical Issues in Addictions Treatment1 Credit

Provides an overview of ethical, cultural, and legal considerations associated with the field of addictions.

Prerequisites: ADAP 301.

ADAP 380 Pharmacology and Addictions1 Credit

Provides an overview of pharmacology and infectious diseases associated with the field of addictions.

Prerequisites: ADAP 301.

ADAP 401 Special Populations and Addictions1 Credit

Outlines the unique treatment needs of special addiction populations and the promising new practices within the addictions field.

Prerequisites: ADAP 301.

ADAP 420 Addiction Counseling Approaches1 Credit

Outlines the different evidence-based treatment approaches in the addictions field.

Prerequisites: ADAP 301 and ADAP 350.

ADAP 450 Addictions Assessment and Group Counseling1 Credit

Exploration of the approaches to addictions clinical assessment, treatment planning and group counseling skills as outlined by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health. Meets the educational requirements for becoming a Certified Addictions Counselor Level II.

Prerequisites: ADAP 301.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ADAP 460 Advanced Addictions Practice1 Credit

Exploration of the clinical addictions practices and advanced motivational interviewing as outlined by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). Meets the educational requirements for becoming a Certified Addictions Counselor Level III.

Terms Typically Offered: Summer.

ADAP 470 Addictions Clinical Supervision1 Credit

Introduction to the core competencies for addictions supervision. Meets the Certified Addictions Counselor Level three (CAC III) requirements as outlined by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) for Clinical Supervision I and II.

Terms Typically Offered: Summer.

ADAP 499 Internship1-3 Credits

Professional practice with individuals, groups, and communities in various sites under professional supervision.

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 10 credit hours.