Alcohol and Drug Counseling


The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics ranks Substance Abuse Counselors as one of the top ten fastest growing occupations through 2016.

Join the Ever-Growing Specialty of Substance Abuse Counseling

The Villanova University Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling started in 1989 and continues to prepare individuals for the demanding and rewarding field of counseling substance abusers. Individuals already involved in the professions of; healthcare, school counselors, social workers, ministers and other faith-based professionals, as well as those volunteering to work with adult and at-risk youth, can all benefit from the variety of topics directly associated with addiction and substance abuse. Counselors preparing for State Certification are rewarded by attending our pre-approved (CADC credits) classes. Many of the classes are also appropriate for re-certification hours (C.E.U's). Our program remains highly regarded by behavioral health employers and service providers. 

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Course Fees & Schedule

Both core courses and electives are $175.00 each.

Registration, Billing/Payments and Cancellation Policy


Course Dates Location

Spring 2015 Classes:

January 10 - April 25, 2015

Complete each individual course in one weekend!

Friday Evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Villanova University
Main Campus
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

About the Alcohol & Drug Program

The program is designed for flexibility and convenience. Students may start the program at any point in the semester. To complete the program and receive a Villanova Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling a student needs to complete all 7 core classes and any 5 electives for a total of 120 hours of education. Completion of the required 12 courses may be taken over multiple semesters and elective course topics vary by term. All classes provide 10 hours of education and are held on Friday evenings from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For individuals seeking PA State Certification, all of the hours in this program may be applied toward Certification by the Pennsylvania Certification Board.  Contact the PCB for other requirements in addition to the specified education hours (see below).

Note: Candidates for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential must possess a Bachelor's degree. For those without a Bachelor's degree, the hours accrued from this program can be applied towards becoming an Associate Addiction Counselor (AAC), Associate Prevention Specialist (APS), or a Certified Allied Addiction Practitioner (CAAP). For more details, please contact the PA Certificate Board at 717-540-4455 or visit the PA Certification Boards' website.

Course Curriculum

2014 Fall Classes


This seminar investigates treatment considerations in diverse populations based upon ethnic, cultural, and racial differences.  The importance of these differences will be explored in terms of substance abuse and substance abuse treatment.
(November 21 & 22, 2014)

Instructor:   Catherine Williams, Ph.D Health Program ManagerPhiladelphia Office of Behavioral Health


In this course, student will learn methods used by counselors to assist clients in the final stages of treatment and to make post-treatment plans to maintain sobriety.  Students will also learn to recognize the early signs of relapse and address these issues with intervention techniques.
(December 5 & 6, 2014)

Instructor:  M. Dean Bowman, LCADC, CCDP, CCJP, Drug Court Coordinator


The therapeutic relationship is not an ordinary social exchange. Instead, the key differentials are ultimately aligned around issues of power & control. This workshop explores the use of clinical self while establishing & maintaining appropriate boundaries thus assuring that the client benefits maximally in the therapeutic exchange while the counselor maintains a healthy psychic distance as a means of assuring objectivity & avoiding burnout. (December 12 & 13, 2014)

Instructor:   Tom Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS, Executive Director for Addiction Service at JEVS Human Services

2015 Spring Classes

Certified Addiction Counselor (CADC) Application Process

This ½ day seminar will provide you with an understanding of all the CAC requirements and offer written test preparation strategies. This seminar is being offered Free of Charge to all students who have been, or are currently enrolled in the Certificate in Alcohol and Drug counseling Program.  The fee for all other participants is $15.00. Space is limited. Students must register for this event.
January 10, 2015
Mary Jo Mather

Role of the Addiction Treatment Counselor

Explore the skills and abilities necessary for those seeking the credential of Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC).  Counseling methodologies will be reviewed as well as agency setting in which substance abuse counseling takes place.
January 16 &17, 2015
   Roland Lamb, Director Addiction Services Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services

 Drug and Alcohol Education

This course is an introduction to the physiological mechanism underlying the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain, the individual and society. Topics include basic pharmacology, placebo and an overview of the nervous system.  
January 23 & 24, 2015
 William Hample, BS, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Senior Probation Officer for State of New Jersey

 Intake/Assessment/Record Keeping with the Substance Abuser

Documentation skills are an essential component in the field of substance abuse counseling.  This course reviews the essential elements of record keeping as it relates to effective treatment and further defines the standards by which agencies are reviewed for compliance in this regard.
January 30 & 31, 2015
 Laura B. Jones, Med/CAC Vice President Behavioral Health Services North Philadelphia Health System

Ethical Decision Making: Discovering Solutions to Ethical Situations in Substance Abuse Treatment

This course will provide an operational model for identifying, problem solving, and resolving relevant ethical issues confronting the substance abuse treatment staff member.  Participants will have opportunities to utilize this model to identify current ethical practice problems, recognize applicable ethical and legal issues, and discover methods to assist in the resolution of these problems.  Issues of confidentiality as related to the treatment of substance abusers and their families will be a primary area of focus in this course
February 6 and 7, 2015
   Elaine Selan, RNC, MSN, NE-BC President, EGS Initiatives     

Interviewing and Counseling Techniques with Substance Abusers

This course will walk the counselor from the initial meeting with the client to their involvement in an ongoing counseling relationship.  The essential ingredients for counselor skill-building will be explored as well as practiced in this core seminar.
February 13 & 14, 2015
  Nailah A. Green, MS, LCADC, CCJP Substance Abuse Evaluator State of NJ Office of the Judiciary


Being able to work with groups in counseling is a critical skill. Topics covered in this course include observational methods in groups, supportive vs. self‑awareness group therapy, an overview of group therapy approaches and how to lead a therapy group. Develop your skills in group counseling through this core class. 
February 20 & 21, 2015
  Paul Boyd, MS, CAADC Clinical Coordinator for the Co-Occurring Disorders Unit at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment Adjunct Professor for Eastern University

Substance Abuse Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders

Designed to introduce the most common mental health disorders, this course reviews relevant signs, symptoms and diagnostic criteria. They will see how substance related problems as well as barriers to maintaining sobriety interplay with the mental health diagnosis. Participants will practice various techniques that apply to both mental health and substance related disorders, seeing how to best address client’s complex needs. Responding to suicidality will also be emphasized.
February 27 & 28, 2015
 Galeet Farrow:  MA, LPC, NBCC, Asst. Dean of Students for Alcohol and Drug Intervention- Villanova University

Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy

This training is designed for addiction professionals and other professionals who are working with substance abuse populations. As one of the evidence based practices endorsed bt the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Motivational Interviewing has become an intergral component in the treatment arsenal for therapists and counselors ho regularly work with substance abuse disorders. The training includes: Overview of Motivational Interviewing and Enhancement Therapy Model, Stages of Client’s Readiness to Change, Building Motivation for Change, Comparison and Contrast with Other Treatment Approaches.
March 13 & 14, 2015
Tom Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS

Infectious Diseases (Formally HIV)

Take an in-depth look at some of the most prevalent infectious diseases that are associated with drug and alcohol use, abuse and/or dependence. Topics will include H.I.V., sexually transmitted diseases, and other infectious agents.
March 20 & 21, 2015
Lynne Rittenhouse, M.S.

Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)

This course will helps students to understand the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders. Research shows that when treating substance-use disorders, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most successful. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is clinically driven with a focus on individualized patient care.
March 27 & 28, 2015
M. Dean Bowman LCADC, CCDP, CCJP, Drug Court Coordinator


‘Addicts don’t have families, they have hostages!’ Although the definition of co-dependency has evolved during the last four decades the encompass a host of pathological issues negatively impacting family relationships, in this course, the topic of co-dependency is explored primarily through the context of the addict/alcoholic and its impact on the family unit. Learners will be able to identify and understand how co-dependent behavior sabotages a client’s recovery and impedes the healing process. Skill building sessions will equip the learner with practical interventions that will address co-dependent behavior utilizing a therapeutic approach.
April 10 & 11, 2015
Nailah Green, MS, LCADC, CCJP, Substance Abuse Evaluator State of NJ Office of the Judiciary

Chemically Dependent Criminal Offender

Examine the link between chemical dependency and the criminal offender. Students receive an in-depth look at how crime and chemical dependency contribute to the increasing problem of recidivism, prison overcrowding, and the use of drug and alcohol treatment programs as an alternative to incarceration. The course will explore the complexity of the anti-social personality, and effective treatment strategies designed to address the chemically dependent criminal offender.
April 17 & 18, 2015
William Hample, BS, Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Senior Probation Officer State of NJ

Problem Gambling: Special Populations

This course introduces participants to clinical concepts associated with Brief, Solution-Oriented therapeutic techniques and their utilization with problem gambling. As a theoretical model, brief therapy approaches continue to evolve and make headway into an integrated method for dealing with a variety of compulsive disorders.  It is also a favored methodology by insurance companies for all of the obvious reasons.  As a clinical model, it often requires a shift in the way we traditionally think about our client’s presenting problems toward a method that demands immediacy-immediacy in problem-identification (even if only as a means of moving away from the problem as soon as possible); immediacy in developing readily accomplished tasks for the client that set him/her up for immediate success.  This course will provide some practical usable tools for immediate use with problem gamblers.
April 24 & 25, 2015
Tom Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS Executive Director for Addiction Service at JEVS Human Services



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