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Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Your Guide to a More Fulfilling Career

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This program is offered Online.

You are an advocate for people when they need it most. You offer support and guidance to those suffering from addiction — from the individuals battling substance abuse to the families and communities in turmoil as a result. Further, extend your reach and move ahead in your career with a graduate alcohol and drug certificate from Post University. Our online counseling program allows you to advance your professional development and sharpen your clinical skills without having to put your important work on hold. You may also be able to apply these credits toward earning your professional counseling licensure.

Program Highlights

Through your coursework, you will gain a clearer understanding of the complex issues regarding alcohol and drug addiction in society. You will learn the effects of the short and long-term use of substances on the individual, family and community and how to assess, diagnose and treat those addictions using the latest and best practices. Specific topics include:

  • Biology of Addiction
  • Theories of Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • Psychopathology of Addiction
  • Group and Family Treatment in Addictions

To complete your studies, you will participate in two field practicums, where you will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in professional settings.

At Post University, we strive to make your learning experience practical and meaningful. We have fostered an engaging online community that encourages critical thinking and real-world application of theory. Each course is taught by a professional faculty member, who brings years of expertise in the field into the virtual classroom.


Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.


Post University does not guarantee its Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree meets the requirements for professional licensure in any state or territory. Each state has different requirements for licensure as a counselor or other mental health provider.  Post University will assist students in researching the requirements and provide information from the appropriate licensing agency or board in their state or territory prior to beginning their programs. The faculty and staff of Post University working with students in the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services program are available to support and advise students on program requirements, but it is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure requires completion of 60 graduate credits in order to qualify for licensure and has final determination of the acceptability of specific courses.  Students completing the 39 credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree and the 24 credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling will be considered to have completed the requisite number of credits required to apply for licensure.

Students who are interested in becoming licensed counselors in the State of Connecticut:

  1. Should be aware that they will need to complete additional coursework beyond Post University’s 39 credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree in order to be eligible for state licensure as a counselor in the state of Connecticut.
  2. Should be aware that the requirements for licensure change.  As with any state, Post University recommends that students from the state of Connecticut contact the licensing board in order to accurately determine what requirements are currently needed for state licensure.


Though you will study at your pace in an online environment, you will never be alone. From the moment you enroll at Post University, you will be assigned a personal academic advisor. They are always available to answer any questions you may have and help you through any challenges you may face.

Get the personal support you need to continue supporting others. Contact us to enroll in Post University’s online counseling certification today.

Students who wish to enroll in this graduate certificate program are required to have a bachelor’s degree.


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