Indiana Wesleyan University offers the 15-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling online to persons seeking specialized academic preparation in this area. Applicants must have already obtained a Bachelor degree in which the degree program and/or post-graduate clinical experiences did not meet specific state licensure or national certification requirements for a substance abuse or addictions counseling-related credential. The program is also available to students presently enrolled in non-IWU graduate certificate in 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 certification programs, Indiana Wesleyan University is an Approved Education Provider of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.
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.
NOTE: State regulations may prohibit licensure for individuals who have ever been convicted of a crime of violence or of any crime that has a direct bearing on the ability to practice competently. The applicant is responsible to check the licensing requirements with his or her state licensing agency prior to beginning the program.
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Indiana Wesleyan University focuses on providing the right atmosphere for adult education. If you are seeking a graduate certificate in counseling, we offer a program online and from our Marion, Indiana, campus and our Indianapolis West campus. If you are interested in learning more about our Christian university, call 866-498-4968 for more information about this adult education program.
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