Substance Abuse Counseling

Program Goals Statement

The goal of this program is bimodal: The program will provide students the opportunity to prepare for positions as Substance Abuse Counselors as well as meet the education and supervised clinical experiences that are required to qualify for licensure for Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor that is offered through the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counseling Certification.

Program Information

  • Prepare students to recognize and respond to the challenges of Substance Abuse Counseling in varied settings.
  • Understand ethical implications working in the field of Substance Abuse Counseling.
  • Gain skills necessary to work effectively with this population in a myriad of settings.
  • Hands on experience in the field will allow students the opportunity to accrue the number of hours of experience needed before licensing.

After Bristol

  • This program is designed to prepare students to work in the field of Substance Abuse Counseling.
  • Students who complete the program and pass the CADC will be prepared for a myriad of positions including: Individual and familial counseling with persons living with addiction; group counseling; case management; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities; psycho-educational and prevention work in the community.
  • This certificate program will prepare students who wish to further their education in psychology, human services and sociology.

Program Requirements:

Total credits:

Course Sequencing






Degree Offered

Certificate of Achievement in Substance Abuse Counseling

Program Contact

Kathleen Pearle, Dean,

Bruce Frazer, Coordinator,