The Department of Counselor Education offers a 21 credit-hour program leading to the Addiction Counseling Certificate (ACC). The ACC provides specialized education and training in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) disorders. Specifically, the coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focusing on evidence-based research and best practice standards. Specialized clinical experience complements the coursework. The ACC program fulfills the educational requirements for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) credential.  

Application Requirements

For applicants not enrolled in NEIU's Clinical Mental Health, Family, Rehabilitation, or School Counseling programs:

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Application for Admission to Graduate Programs (print out) or use the online application (with $30 fee)
  • Addiction Counseling application 
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Essay (see p. 2 of Addiction Counseling application)
  • Informed Consent
  • Successful completion of coursework in the following areas: counseling theories and interviewing, human growth and development; assessment and evaluation; individual and group counseling; family counseling; and multicultural counseling. Those who have not successfully completed the necessary coursework may fulfill them during the course of their studies toward earning the CADC.

The Counselor Education application, resume, essay, and Informed Consent can be emailed to graduateadmissions@neiu.edu. The Graduate College application can be completed online or downloaded and emailed to Graduate Admissions. Letters of recommendation can be attached to the online application or mailed to Graduate Admissions, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. 

For applicants admitted to one of the following Counselor Education programs: Clinical Mental Health, Family, Rehabilitation, or School Counseling:

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Addiction Counseling Application for Current Students
  • Successful completion of coursework in the following areas: counseling theories and interviewing, human growth and development; assessment and evaluation; individual and group counseling; family counseling; and multicultural counseling. Those who have not successfully completed the necessary coursework may fulfill them during the course of their studies toward earning the CADC.

Please contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or counsedu@neiu.edu if you have further questions or if the links are not working.

Curriculum in the Addiction Counseling Certificate Program

The courses required to complete the 21 credit-hour Addiction Counseling Certificate program are listed below. All courses are graduate courses:

Core Courses: 15 credit hours

  • COUN 425 Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 cr)
  • COUN 426 Advance Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 cr)
  • COUN 428 Counseling Strategies and Assessment of Co-Occuring Disorders (3 cr)
  • COUN 429 Psychopharmacology (3 cr)
  • COUN 438 Trauma & Crisis Counseling (3 cr)

Clinical Courses: 6 credit hours

Completion of 500 hours of supervised clinical experience at an approved addiction counseling site. Students may choose from one of the four Counselor Education programs’ Practicum and Internship courses:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 444 Practicum: Group Supervision in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 cr)
COUN 464 Internship I: Group Supervision in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 cr)

Family Counseling
COUN 445 Practicum: Group Supervision in Couple & Family Counseling (3 cr)
COUN 465 Internship I: Group Supervision in Couple & Family Counseling (3 cr)

Rehabilitation Counseling
COUN 446 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling (3 cr)
COUN 463 Internship I: Rehabilitation Counseling (3 cr)

School Counseling
COUN 442 Practicum: Group Supervision in School Counseling (3 cr)
COUN 462 Internship I: School Counseling (3 cr)