Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling



Begin developing a specialty in addictions counseling today!

The Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling (GCAC) program is designed to prepare students for addiction specific professional counseling careers, leadership roles, and advocacy positions. The 12-credit hour GCAC program prepares addiction professionals to meet the increasingly complex needs of individuals and families dealing with addictive use disorders. The curriculum includes coursework in areas of substance-related and addictive use disorders, comorbid disorders, methods and theories of addiction specific assessments and interventions, psychopharmacology and addiction, family impact of substance disorders, and current issues and special populations in addiction. The online certificate program meets the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) addiction specific educational requirements for the Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) credential. 

The GCAC is offered to currently enrolled UNCP counseling students, graduates of UNCP’s counseling program, and applicants with a master’s degree (or currently enrolled) in a human services field from an accredited educational institution. Currently enrolled UNCP Clinical Mental Health Counseling students can earn the GCAC certificate while completing the CMHC degree requirements. Currently enrolled students also have the option of completing an addictions specific internship to satisfy the field placement experience required by the NCSAPPB for the expedited path to the LCAS-A licensure.