Indiana Wesleyan University offers the 15-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling to persons seeking specialized academic preparation in this area. Applicants must have already obtained a Master of Arts degree in a counseling-related program in which the degree program and/or post-graduate clinical experiences did not meet specific state licensure or national certification requirements for an addictions counseling-related credential. The program is also available to students presently enrolled in non-IWU graduate counseling programs that do not offer sufficient coursework in addictions counseling. Students who desire specialized academic preparation in certain areas but do not wish to obtain the certificate may apply to enroll in one or more classes.
Through its undergraduate and graduate Addictions Counseling programs, Indiana Wesleyan University is an Approved Education Provider of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.
Coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling may be taken online, or onsite at our Marion or Indianapolis (West) sites.
If it is determined by a licensure or certification board that only clinical hours (practicum and/or internship) are needed, the student must demonstrate evidence of entry-level proficiency in the delivery of counseling services. This is typically accomplished by presenting a recorded sample of the applicant’s direct service to a client and a reference from a qualified (master’s level with at least two years of experience) supervisor. This tape and reference will be reviewed by the Graduate Counseling faculty and be considered in the acceptance process.
* Courses are not necessarily offered in the order listed above.
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