Aurora University

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Why study to be a CADC at Aurora University?

There is a high rate of co-occurrence between mental health and substance abuse disorders. If you hold or are pursuing a social work degree and you envision a career counseling others who struggle with addiction, this is the program for you. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the demand for CADC professional will grow at a very high rate.

The program can be completed as a track within the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs. Additionally, the program can assist those who hold a current degree to advance their career in the field of addictions by providing the educational and experiential requirements needed to pursue certification through the Illinois Certification Board.

Program quick facts
  • Program length: Varies depending on experience and status; can be completed full-time or part-time
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Location options: Main campus or Woodstock Center
  • Tuition: View current rates
Program structure
  • The certification requires a course in psychopharmacology of substance use disorders.
  • Additionally, students will take two courses in addictions counseling.
  • Field instruction is a vital part of the curriculum, and our faculty will work with you to select experiences that prepare you for professional work in the addictions field.

Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities

Students will complete experiential learning in the field through an internship. Depending on status, students will complete either 500 or 600 hours in an approved substance use disorder treatment setting.

Career opportunities

  • Treatment centers
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Residential programs
  • Outpatient programs
  • Criminal justice settings

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