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Addiction and Trauma Graduate Certificate
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The Addiction and Trauma certificate program is designed to meet the growing demands within the counseling field.   The program meets the educational requirements for the certified addictions counselor as well as provide an emphasis in trauma counseling.  The curriculum of the Certificate in Addiction and Trauma focuses on evidence-based addiction education which would equip professionals with the knowledge to provide the highest quality counseling to individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction and trauma.

The program targets working professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology, social work or related fields, and are interested in becoming certified in addictions counseling or furthering their career endeavors.  The program features an online delivery format coupled with an accelerated semester schedule.


EDRC 510- Introduction to Addiction Counseling

EDRC 521- Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
EDRC 522- Co-Occurring Disorders
EDRC 523 – Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Recovery Counseling
EDRC 524 – Theories and Models for Addictions
EDRC 527 – Current Issues and Trends in Addictions and Trauma Counseling

Admission Application and Deadlines

Program Information

A bachelor’s degree is required from an accredited college or university in counseling, social work, psychology or related field. Students are admitted into the program twice per year:  Fall and Spring semesters.  Start your application for admissions today.  To review the Graduate admissions procedures and application, click here and scroll down the page to the Graduate Admissions section. Write “Online Graduate Certificate in Addiction and Trauma” at the top of the application form.


Fall Semester

Deadline: June 15th

Spring Semester

Deadline: November 1st

Summer Semester

Deadline: April 1st

Courses are taught fully online in an eight-week semester term. The accelerated semester format allows students to potentially complete the entire certificate program within one year.

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Technical Requirements

A computer with Internet connectivity is required for coursework delivered online.

Tuition and Fees

eTuition: $552 (per credit hour)
Fees: $84 (per semester)

*eTuition rates are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Financial Aid & Tuition Assistance

A variety of financial aid and scholarship programs are available for eligible students. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information. Also, check with your employer on the availability of tuition-assistance programs.

Dr. Michelle Priester

Program Coordinator
Department of Human Services
South Carolina State University
e: mmaultsb@scsu.edu