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Foundations in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

Develop professional skills helping others overcome harmful impacts of alcohol and drug addiction and abuse.

Why Foundations in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling at The American Women's College?

In this undergraduate degree program, you will explore and identify the causes of substance abuse disorders. You also will develop the skills to assess, diagnose, and treat people with substance disorders in individual and group settings.

As a student in the program, you will:

  • Complete the educational and practicum requirements to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor upon completion of the CADC Licensing Exam.
  • Participate in an intensive 300-hour internship to develop and refine effective interviewing, counseling, and intervention skills in a supervised, clinical environment.
  • Prepare for the national certification by completing two, 12-week graduate level courses. These graduate-level courses also present you with a unique opportunity to get a head start on Bay Path's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • Develop counseling skills that will allow you to cultivate effective therapeutic relationships as you work to support those coping with issues related to substance abuse.
  • Analyze, design, implement and evaluate problems and solutions related to human behavior, substance abuse, counseling foundations, legal and ethical concerns, intervention and assessment, and human dynamics.


In addition to your core curriculum courses and general electives, you can expect to take major-specific courses such as:

  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Addictions and Intervention
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Ethics and Professional Conduct in Counseling*
  • Individual and Family Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders*

*These are graduate level courses that will count towards both the bachelor’s degree and Bay Path’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Completion of this program will fulfill the education and practicum requirement for students to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  For more information, check out the application requirements here.  

You will be eligible for CADC certification once you have completed the necessary post-bachelor’s 4,000 hours or post-master’s 2,000 hours of work experience.

Complete TAWC Admissions Process by April 14, 2021

To Enroll in Session Starting May 2nd!

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