Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling

The courses for the Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate program provide students with theories and techniques for this specialized area of counseling. These courses meet the academic requirement for the North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) credential, or partial academic requirement for the North Carolina Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) credential. The other criteria for the state issued LCAS and CSAC credentials (e.g. 300-hour practicum, years of supervised substance abuse counseling practice) are not offered through this certificate program. Complete requirements for the LCAS and CSAC credentials can be found on the website of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board; www.ncsappb.org

The program requires the completion of ADRE 6703, 6793, 6796, and HLTH 6355 (12 sh). Please review the program information sheet (pdf) for further details.


To be eligible for the SAC Certificate program, students must be: (a) admitted by the graduate school as a degree or certificate student, and (b) meet the minimum admission criteria including a letter of intent, minimum GPA of 2.7, and approval of the SAC Certificate coordinator.

Students who are currently in a graduate degree program at ECU who wish to add a certificate may do so by submitting an 'Add a Certificate' form. This form can be accessed via http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/academic-policies-and-forms.cfm (click the 'Request to add a certificate' link and complete the sharepoint form). 

For more information, contact Dr. W. Leigh Atherton the Substance Abuse Counseling certificate coordinator at athertonw@ecu.edu or 252-744-6290.

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