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Substance Addiction Assistant

Certificate Program


The Substance Addiction Certificate acquaints students with the field of substance addiction. The program will introduce students to theories of addiction, assessment, social policies, treatment planning, and community organizations. The courses for the substance addiction assistant program are stackable. Each course for the substance addiction assistant certificate will also count towards both the Substance Addiction Certificate and the Human Services Associate Degree. This certificate is an excellent supplement to any degree offering and will enhance a career in Nursing, Criminal Justice, Healthcare, and more. Students who complete the certificate meet the education portion for licensing at the LADC Assistant level. Students are expected to complete additional requirements to sit for the licensing exams.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • List client, family, and community organizations and resources for substance addiction and describe how the services relate to client needs.
  • Create a treatment plan to work with an individual with substance addiction and/or dual diagnosis.
  • Give examples of multiple theories and approaches for working with diverse clientele.
  • Demonstrate ethical practices and procedures when working with clients.

Professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state. This program of study may lead to professional licensure or certification in states outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Licensure and certification in one state do not guarantee automatic licensure in another state. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program of study, and reside outside of Massachusetts, should check their state educational requirements for licensure or certification. For more information, please visit our SARA Professional Licensure Disclosure page.


Please note that this certificate program is not eligible for financial aid. 

Academic Division of Professional Programs

Substance Addiction Assistant Courses
    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • HSV 114
    • Substance Addiction and Older Adults
    • 3
    This course provides students with an overall view of Substance Addiction among older adults. Instructors will outline best practices for identifying, screening, assessing, and treating the abuse of alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs in the older adult population. Emphasis will be on addressing the greater toll of the misuse and addiction of alcohol and other drugs and the psychosocial issues that are unique to the older adult.
    • HSV 205
    • Substance Addiction Counseling
    • 3
    This course covers a variety of techniques and strategies in the successful understanding, treatment, and assessment of chemical addictions. Students will be taught causation including physiological and behavioral consequences, as well as prevention, intervention, and treatment methods from a systems approach. Students will use social work theories to evaluate programs and treatment models. Additional topics include substance abuse in: society, multiple life span stages and diverse population groups.
    • HSV 251
    • Introduction to Substance Addiction Studies
    • 3
    An introduction to the psychological, physical, and sociological factors in chemical dependence and abuse. Emphasis is on the history of the chemical problem, pharmacological aspects, different programs, student’s attitudes, and addiction in America.

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