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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Program Requirements

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, th 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 Dates Location

Spring 2014 Classes:

January 17, 2014 - June 14, 2014
Term extended due to weather - Please note NEW DATES below. 

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

Schedule of Classes

Core Classes - Spring 2014 (7 Required Courses)

Role of the Addiction Treatment Counselor (ATC)
January 17-18, 2014

Description: This seminar explores the necessary skills and abilities necessary for those seeking the credential of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Counseling methodologies will be reviewed as well as agency setting in which substance abuse counseling takes place.

Instructor: Roland Lamb, Director, Addiction Services, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services.

Drug and Alcohol Education
NEW DATE: May 30-31, 2014

Description: An introduction to the physiological mechanism underlying the affects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain, the individual and society. Topics include basic pharmacology, placebo and an overview of the nervous system.

Instructor: William Hample, B.S., Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Senior Probation Officer for State of New Jersey

Intake/Assessment/Record Keeping with the Substance Abuser
January 31 & February 1, 2014

Description: Documentation skills are an essential component in the field of substance abuse counseling.  This seminar 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.

Instructor: Laura B. Jones, M.Ed/CAC, Vice President, Behavioral Health Services, North Philadelphia Health System

Ethical Decision Making: Discovering Solutions to Ethical Situations in Substance Abuse Treatment
NEW DATE: June 6-7, 2014

Description: 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.

Interviewing and Counseling Techniques with Substance Abusers
NEW DATE: June 13-14, 2014

Description: This seminar 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.

Instructor: Nailah Green, MS, LCADC, CCJP, Substance Abuse Evaluaor, State of New Jersey Office of the Judiciary

Group Counseling/Therapy
February 21-22, 2014

Description: Being able to work with groups in counseling is a critical skill. Topics covered in this class 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. 

Instructor: Paul Boyd, MS, CAADC, Clinical Coordinator for the Co-Occurring Disorders Unit at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, adjunct professor for Eastern University and Camden County College

**New Core Course**

February 28 & March 1, 2014

This course is designed to introduce the most common mental health disorders. This includes a review of the 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.

Instructor: Galeet Farrow:  MA, LPC, NBCC, Assistant Dean of Students for Alcohol and Drug Intervention- Villanova University

Elective Courses - Spring 2014 (select any 5)

March 14-15, 2014

Description: This training is designed for addictions professionals and other professionals who are working with substance abusing populations.  As one of the evidence based practices endorsed by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Motivational Interviewing has become a integral component in the treatment arsenal for therapists and counselors who regularly work with substance abuse disorders.  The training includes:  Overview of the Motivational Interviewing and Enhancement Therapy Model, Stages of Client’s Readiness to Change, Building Motivation for Change, Comparison and Contrast with Other Treatment Approaches. 

 Instructor: Tom Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS,

March 21-22, 2014

Description: This course will 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.

Instructor:   Lynne Rittenhouse, M.S
Certified A.I.D.S. EducatorExecutive Director for Addiction Service at JEVS Human Services Relapse Prevention 

March 28-29, 2014

Description: This course will help students understand the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use 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.

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

April 4-5, 2014

Description: ‘Addicts don’t have families, they have hostages!’ Although the definition of co-dependency has evolved during the last four decades to 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 behaviors utilizing a therapeutic approach.

Instructor:  Nailah Green, MS, LCADC, CCJPSubstance Abuse Evaluator State of NJ Office of the Judiciary

April 11-12, 2014

 Description: This course examines the link between chemical dependency and the criminal offender. Students will 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 ant-social personality, and effective treatment strategies designed to address the chemically dependent criminal offender will be presented.

Instructor:  William Hample, BS, Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Senior Probation Officer State of NJ

**New Elective Course**Problem Gambling:  Special Population
April 25-26, 2014

 Description: This seminar will orient participants to the history, etiology, and prevalence of problem and pathological gambling. The class will provide students with the knowledge of assessment, evaluation tools, treatment planning, counseling, interventions, and referral techniques. The characteristics and types of problem gamblers and their behaviors, cognitive dysfunctions, stages of progression, relapse prevention, stages of change, motivational interviewing, as well as similarities and differences with other addictions will be reviewed. The course will also cover the psychosocial impact of problem and pathological gambling on families as well as the negative consequences involving financial, employment, and legal issues including the co-occurring nature with other mental health conditions.

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

May 10, 2014

 Description: 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.

Instructors: Mary Jo Mather PA Certification Board & Dean Bowman LCADC, CCDP, CCJP, Drug Court Coordinator

Course Fees

Both core courses and electives are $175.00 each.


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