Addictions Treatment

Plymouth State offers a three-course graduate certificate program in Addictions Treatment that provides educational coursework that aligns with NH’s Master’s Level Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC) license, when taken in conjunction with the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses. The program serves Clinical Mental Health Counseling students with an interest in attaining the educational requirements for this credential. Students can add these three courses within the confines of their 63 credit MS program.

The certificate program is also designed for licensed clinical professionals in the field who would like to add this professional credential. The coursework offered through the Addictions Treatment Certificate fulfills approximately half of the educational credits required for licensure in the State of New Hampshire. Interested candidates are encouraged to check with the Licensing Regulations and New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals to understand if previously taken courses fulfill the additional NH State educational requirements for licensing.

Additionally, coursework/trainings focusing on specific areas such as HIV/AIDS and SUD Ethics may need to occur beyond the Addictions Treatment Certificate Program based on individual students’ previous education and requirements of the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals.

This certificate program provides specialized education to treat individuals with addictions and related disorders and is in alignment with the professional licensing standards for alcohol and other drug abuse counselors. The Addictions Treatment Certificate Program is nine credits.

For students interested in pursuing the graduate certificate only, simply complete the online application for admission and provide a transcript showing the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher and a current résumé. No admissions tests are required. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to complete the graduate certificate.

Required Courses

  • 3
    This course will examine models of addictions treatment. Students will learn how to evaluate risk factors, diagnose clients, determine and utilize resources, and apply treatment interventions.
  • 3
    This course will examine the study of current therapeutic modalities essential in the treatment of substance use disorders. Current treatment modalities such as Contingency Management, Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will be explored and provide students with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity to practice in the area of addictions. Prerequisite: CO 5720.
  • 3
    This course provides students with clinical counseling experiences, specializing in the treatment of addictions, under the supervision of a Masters Lisensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC) and conducted in a setting which provides substance use treatment and/or counseling for persons with dual diagnosis of addictions and mental health disorders. In addition to the 300 hour field requirement, students will meet regularly with fellow interns and their university supervisor for group supervision. This course is designed to be the culminating experience in the Addictions Treatment Certificate. Prerequisites: CO 5720 and CO 5730. Pass/No Pass.
  • Total for Addictions Treatment – 9 credits



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