Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 15
  • $315.00
  • $504.00

Program Overview

The online Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Graduate Certificate allows clinical mental health counseling students and mental health professionals to gain the education necessary to hold licensure in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. This program trains students to treat a wide variety of patients from a holistic standpoint.

Graduates of the program gain: 

  • A credential accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), which verifies the quality standard of instruction.
  • An understanding of theories of addiction and addictive behaviors. 
  • The ability to apply individual and group counseling theories, assessments and interview skills to address client concerns. 
  • A culturally diverse perspective of addiction counseling and have the ability to apply the ethical standards of the profession. 
  • The necessary education to hold an Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure.

Students complete an internship which is coordinated in a location-specific to the student. Students gain clinical experience.

Career Outlook: Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing epidemic that requires licensed specialists in the field. The state of Nebraska has identified a need for more rural behavioral healthcare, according to the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska and the Nebraska State Legislature. On a national scale, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Substance Abuse Counselors will see a 31 percent job growth rate through 2022, which is much faster than the national average. 

There is a shortage of alcohol and drug counselors who are dually licensed. Therefore, this program opens up opportunities in a variety of settings including:  

  • Hospital settings
  • Treatment settings
  • Health care facilities
  • Private practice

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admission.
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSP 807PClinical Treatment Issues of Addictions Counseling3
This course addresses the study of treatment issues specific to chemical dependency/addictions including screening/assessment, diagnosis, denial, resistance, minimization, family dynamics, disease concept, relapse, cross-addiction, non-chemical dependencies, co-occurring disorders, spirituality and influences of self-help groups. Also included are strategies for prevention, intervention, and treatment of chemical dependency, taking into consideration gender, culture and lifestyle. This course is intended to meet the requirements for licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor as 45 hours of clinical treatment issues in chemical dependency.
CSP 885Practicum in Counseling and Guidance3
Prereq: CSP 855 and CSP 865 and admission to candidacy and adviser approval OR by special permission of the Counselor Education Committee Practicum requires extensive time for direct counseling experience, self-evaluation, critical interaction with other students, and critiquing of taped interviews with the practicum supervisor. The practicum setting is designated by the program: Community, Elementary, Secondary School, Student Affairs. Other settings are available by prior arrangement. Requires grade of B or higher for successful completion.
CSP 809PMedical and Psychological Aspects of Addictions3
This course addresses the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of alcohol/drug use, abuse and dependence. The classifications and basic pharmacology of drugs, basic physiology and the effects of drug use on the systems of the human body and alcohol and drug tolerance are discussed. The course also includes the etiological, behavioral, cultural and demographical aspects and belief systems about alcohol/drug use along with the processes of dependence and addiction including signs, symptoms and behavior patterns. This course meets the requirements for licensure as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor as 45 hours of medical and psychosocial aspects of alcohol/drug use, abuse and addiction.
CSP 808PAssessment, Case Planning and Management of Addictions3
This course addresses the process of collecting pertinent data about client or client systems and their environment and appraising the data as a basis for making decisions regarding alcohol/drug disorder diagnosis and treatment and/or referral. Instruction on coordinating and prioritizing client treatment goals and working with other services, agencies and resources to achieve those treatment goals are included. The course addresses practice in assessing and managing a case including the development of sample case records and utilizing the written client record to guide and monitor services with emphasis on the development of the social history and intake, initial assessment, individual treatment plan with measurable goals and objectives, documentation of progress and ongoing assessment. Confidentiality of client information and records as defined in 42 CFR Part 2 shall be addressed. The strengths and weaknesses of various levels of care and the selection of an appropriate level for clients are studied. Basic information on two or more objective assessment instruments are studied for alcohol/drug disorders including the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI), Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the Western Personality Inventory. This course meets the requirements for licensure as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor as 30 hours of alcohol/drug assessment, case planning and management.
CSP 892Internship (CSP 892)1 - 6
Direct experience in a counselor work setting under the supervision by a qualified mental health professional and a Department of Counseling and School Psychology faculty member. 1 credit hour = 100 clock hours logged within the setting.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Note: Additional fees may be assessed based on the enrolled course.

Christine Chasek, LIMHP, LADC, NCC, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Christine Chasek became a teacher because she wanted to have a greater impact. Before teaching at UNK, Chasek worked as a program director for a mental health care clinic and as Assistant Director of Counseling at UNK’s Counseling care Center and has practiced mental health and drug and alcohol counseling as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor for 15 years. Her research interests include addiction counseling, attitudes of providers about addictions counseling, counselor preparation and clinical outcomes.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 15
  • Spring SemesterOct 15
  • Summer SessionMar 15