The substance abuse certificate program is designed to provide social work graduate students with the necessary core functions and competencies of substance abuse counseling. This body of knowledge will allow the student who earns the certification an opportunity to earn their Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) credential from the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB)
. Individuals who are licensed may engage in clinical practice with substance abusing clients. The courses will be taught both on site at ECU by social work faculty as part of the Master of Social Work program. The certificate classes will be offered as electives in the graduate social work curricula.