Addiction Counseling Specialist

The Addiction Counseling Specialist Series is designed for those interested in a career as substance abuse counselors or those in other human service fields seeking more knowledge about working with chemically dependent persons. The series consists of a general helping skills course along with five addiction counseling-specific courses.

The courses follow the domain topics as prescribed by the Addiction Professional Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. and can be used toward completion of the requirements for a CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor). There are additional requirements for CADC, including 3,000 hours of related work experience at a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program.  Students must also pass a State administered oral and written examination.  Addition program information can be found online at

For information, contact area coordinator, Heather Boone, at (609)343-4934 or

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate interviewing, assessment and listening skills through role-playing;
  • Identify the major drugs of abuse and Federal schedules, or classification, of the primary substances of abuse, including alcohol;
  • Define psychopharmacology and the effects of various drugs of abuse on the major physiological body systems;
  • Describe the various treatment modalities including self-help groups, group counseling, family counseling, and psychotherapies;
  • Identify guidelines for the process of ethical decision-making according to the NAADAC Code of Ethics.


Total credits:



Human Services


Professional Series