Aurora University

Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Professional (CODP I)

Why study in the co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder professionals program at Aurora University?

Traditionally, it has been difficult for clinicians to find all of the qualifying training to meet the requirements for pursuing Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Professionals (CODP I) Board Registration. Aurora University offers a four-credit course designed to meet the educational requirements for the CODP I Board Registration. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for substance use and mental health professionals will continue to rise and noted that this field is predicted to grow at a much higher rate than other professions (www.bls.gov).

Program quick facts
  • Program length: One course (4 semester hours); paid experience as a CADC required as well
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Tuition: $600 per semester hour
  • Location options: Main campus and Woodstock Center
Program structure
  • This Illinois Certification Board (ICB)-approved course ensures that all educational requirements are met through one convenient course. You still must obtain and document the required clinical hours and CODP supervision.
  • For CADC professionals, completion of this course will provide 60 CEUs towards certification.
  • For LSW/ LCSW students, completion of this course will provide 60 CEUs towards license renewal.
  • Completion of this course counts as 500 hours towards the paid work experience requirement.

Career opportunities

About half of all people who experience mental health concerns experience a co-occurring substance use disorder (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Career settings may include community mental health agencies, hospitals, residential programs, outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, criminal justice settings, and more. Populations may include adolescents, adults, families, mandated clients, homeless populations, veterans, criminal justice clients, and more. 

Where our graduates work

  • Gateway
  • Symetria Recovery
  • Lighthouse Recovery