Program Details

Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Certificate

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 15
Online: 8 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Provide Compassionate Addiction Counseling and Care

As communities across the nation grapple with the devastating effects of substance use disorders and addiction, behavioral health professionals will be increasingly called upon to deliver effective treatment interventions. Expand and strengthen your practice with the Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Addiction Counseling Certificate, an educational foundation in Christian values, counseling practices and addiction science provided by Grand Canyon University.

The certificate in addiction counseling program provides broad understanding of the processes, effects and foundations of substance use disorders. You will also gain the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate Christian principles with your service to those struggling with addiction.

While this post-master’s certificate in addiction counseling may lead to certain certifications, it is not intended to lead to licensure. Apply the acquired knowledge within your licensed scope of practice, distinguishing yourself among fellow professionals and broadening your organization’s approach to care.

To enroll in this program, you must possess a master's degree or doctorate in counseling, substance abuse counseling, clinical or counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, behavioral health, social work, human development, nursing or psychiatry medicine.

Degree Outcomes

Apply Addiction Expertise to Individual and Family Therapy

Upon completing the certificate in addiction counseling, you will possess specialized education in substance use and addictive disorders. This includes training in co-dependencies, adolescent and family health, chemical processes and risk management which will enhance your mental or behavioral health practice.

Utilize your understanding of theories and models of treatment, signs and symptoms of dependency, prevention techniques and drug classifications to provide holistic care for individuals facing substance dependency. Become a key resource for clients, colleagues and the community as an extension of your counseling practice.

What You Will Learn

Learn to Analyze and Address Substance Use Disorders

This post-graduate counselor certificate includes coursework in the following areas:

  • Current DSM and resources for professional counseling
  • Stages, processes and effects of addiction
  • Evaluating the presence and severity of co-occurring disorders
  • Family roles and impact of substance use disorders
  • Adolescent screening, treatment and counseling techniques

Career Outcomes

Impact the Lives of Individuals, Youth and Families

Students who earn a certificate in addiction counseling are prepared to pursue a career as a substance abuse counselor, behavioral health counselor or mental health counselor. Graduates will be equipped to flourish in counseling or therapist roles within outpatient care centers, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals and residential facilities for individuals facing, mental health disorders, substance use disorders or addiction.

Channel your knowledge of treatment models and resources to recommend appropriate intervention and strategies. Recognize signs, symptoms and patterns that are unique to adolescents. Deliver strong advocacy, intervention, care and compassion for individuals fighting to reclaim their quality of life.

Program Domains

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
15 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
15 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This survey course provides an introduction to the graduate certificate programs in childhood and adolescence disorders, marriage and family therapy, substance use disorders and addiction, and trauma. Students are introduced to the University policies and procedures, the learning management system, the library, and proper APA formatting for academic writing. In addition, students are introduced to the current DSM and how the information relates to the field of counseling. Students also learn about researching and utilizing community resources, and becoming certified in specializations.

Course Description

This course provides a broad understanding of the stages, processes, and effects of substance use disorders, social and psychological dynamics of substance use disorders, and the professional's role in prevention, intervention, and aftercare, including recovery and relapse prevention. This course explores theories and models of treatment of substance use disorders, drug classification, and assessment. It also continues building foundational knowledge, utilization of professional resources, and exploration of standards to help students prepare for licensure/certification within the counseling industry.

Course Description

This course introduces students to co-occurring disorders. Students examine screening and assessment tools to reveal and evaluate the presence and severity of co-occurring disorders. This course also explores the treatment needs of persons with co-occurring disorders. Strategies for risk management associated with treating individuals with co-occurring disorders are presented.

Course Description

This course examines the impact of substance use disorders in family systems. Various treatment interventions are discussed. The treatment roles and responsibilities of addicted individuals and their families are also examined.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to adolescent substance use disorders prevention and treatment techniques and interventions. Signs, symptoms, and patterns of adolescent substance use are examined. Students also explore adolescent screening methods and assessment tools.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (11 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.