Addictions Counseling Certificate Program

Nationwide, there are more than 300,000 job openings for substance abuse treatment providers. In Ohio, projections indicate a 19% increase in substance abuse counselor positions from 2014-24.

The Addictions Counseling Certificate Program (ACCP) provides students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are enrolled in a behavioral science degree program (e.g., counseling, human services, criminal justice) with the educational content necessary to apply for chemical dependency counselor licensure in Ohio issued by Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. The ACCP is also available to in-career professionals (e.g., licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers) who wish to pursue addictions counseling as a specialty area. The ACCP can be completed in 12 months and all classes are offered in-person at the Kent campus.

The ACCP is a certificate program offered at KSU. It is not a degree program. Because it is not a degree program, the ACCP is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) because CACREP does not accredit non-degree programs.

For Undergraduate Students:

If you have a high school diploma or an associate's degree you must complete a minimum of 16-credits comprising five courses at the undergraduate/ post-secondary level (four, 3-credit courses and one, 4-credit course).

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Kelly Stillwagon, professional advisor for the ACCP in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, please visit the Vacca Office of Student Services and click on "Schedule Advising Appointment." 

For Graduate Students:

If you have a bachelor's degree or higher, you can complete a minimum of 15-credits comprising five courses at the post-baccalaureate/graduate level (five, 3-credit courses).


    The ACCP is designed to fulfill all 180 hours of chemical dependency specific education (across nine content areas) for all three levels of chemical dependency counselor licensure issued by the state of Ohio:

    • After completing CES 37662 or 67662/77662, students can apply for certification as a chemical dependency counselor assistant (CDCA Phase 1).
    • After completing all courses, practicum hours, paid or supervised work hours (2,000 hours) and ADC examination, students with an associate's degree in a behavioral science discipline or nursing can apply for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II.
    • After completing all courses, practicum hours, paid or supervised work hours (2,000 hours) and ADC examination, students with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a behavioral science discipline or nursing can apply for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III.
    • After completing all courses, practicum hours, paid or supervised work hours (2,000 hours) and ADC examination, students with a minimum of a master's degree or higher in a behavioral science discipline or nursing can apply for Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.

    To apply for the CDCA (Phase 1) certification or any of the above licenses, please visit the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board for further instructions.


    Dr. Osborn and the addictions counseling certificate program featured on the 10/9/2019 episode of Psychology Pathways, a podcast series produced by Dr. Joel Hughes, Professor of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University:


    Contact

    Cynthia Osborn, Ph.D, LPCC-S, LICDC
    cosborn@kent.edu
    330-672-0695