Addiction counseling professionals who can provide support to individuals and families experiencing the fallout of alcohol and substance abuse are in high demand in communities across the country.
Housed under the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, this certificate will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to pursue a career as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in Texas. This program meets the 270 educational hours required of the Texas Department of State Health Services and prepares you to become a Counselor Intern if you meet the other requirements (including criminal background check) for the profession. Please review the licensure requirements and standards in the Texas Administrative Code
This is the only program of its kind offered in a four-year university in Texas, and it provides training in gold standard evidence-based treatments for addiction including cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Based upon scientific research and evidence-based practice, the Certificate in Evidence-Based Addiction Counseling program will empower you to give individuals the tools they need to remain in recovery and repair and strengthen relationships with family, friends and coworkers.
Completing this certificate will increase your chances of getting competitive paid positions as LCDC-I upon graduation. In 2022–2023, this certificate program is open to students majoring in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Work or Sociology. Students with other majors who are interested in this program should consult with the program director, Dr. Kelly E. Green, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know you want a career that helps people, but aren’t sure you want graduate school, then this certificate provides a pathway to serve as an addiction counselor with your bachelor degree.
If you are pursuing a degree in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Sociology or Social Work, consider adding a certificate in Evidence-Based Addiction Counseling. The 19-credit-hour certificate overlaps with many courses already required for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience.
This certificate gives students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for addiction counselors and the transdisciplinary foundations that guide evidence-based addiction treatment, including (1) Understanding Addiction, (2) Treatment Knowledge, (3) Application to Practice and (4) Professional Readiness.
This certificate program helps students forge a career path in the helping professions that doesn’t require graduate training.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 23% job growth for substance abuse counselors from 2020 – 2030, which is much higher than the average 11% projected growth rate for other professions. The growth in this field is partially due to the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to include substance abuse treatment coverage in all medical plans. There is also increased focus on addiction as a public health issue, and decreasing stigma about addiction and recovery are decreasing barriers that have prevented people from seeking help when needed. Given these trends, it is likely that job growth will continue for addiction counselors, who had a median income of $47,660 in 2020.
For students who may want to attend graduate school, completing this certificate improves their applications to graduate programs, and becoming a LCDC-I gives them a way to work part-time while attending graduate school and gaining valuable experience in the field.
For 2022–2023, this certificate is open to St. Edward’s University students with declared majors in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Work and Sociology. Students should contact Dr. Kelly E. Green at email@example.com for the application process and enroll in PSYC/SOCW 2326 as soon as their schedule permits.
Program Director and Primary Teaching Faculty:
Kelly E. Green, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist in Texas (License #36672), and a tenured associate professor of Psychology at St. Edward’s University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, where she was trained by some of the national leaders in cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement interventions for addiction and mental health disorders. She then completed her internship at the Boston Consortium, which is a joint program with the VA Boston Healthcare System, Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Green completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Returning Veterans in the VA Boston Healthcare System, and was the Clinical Director of a dual-diagnosis intensive-outpatient treatment program for Veterans in the VA Boston Healthcare System and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School before joining the St. Edward’s University faculty in 2012.
Dr. Green maintains a small private practice specializing in evidence-based treatment for addiction and concurrent mental health disorders, and has particular expertise in therapies to help families cope with a loved one’s addiction. She is the author of Relationships in Recovery: Repairing Damage and Building Healthy Connections While Overcoming Addiction and the Addiction and Relationships blog on Psychology Today.
Other Faculty Teaching Core Courses:
Some of the courses required for this certificate are taught by other faculty in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience. Core courses related to counseling and substance use disorders are taught by doctoral-level faculty with extensive clinical experience.