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Chemical Dependency Counseling Graduate Certificate

Cleveland State University's Chemical Dependency Counseling graduate certificate provides all the academic training for all levels of chemical dependency/counseling licensure. The program prepares counselors and social workers for specialization in addictions counseling and is based in the latest research in addictions studies. The courses for the certificate are designed to meet the academic credentials for all three levels of Chemical Dependency Counseling issued by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB). 

These courses can also be used by school counselors seeking updated information on Substance Abuse Prevention.


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Phone: 216.687.4613

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • Admission to the certificate program is open to current students in counseling, social work, or those holding master's degrees in accredited counseling or social work programs from other institutions.

Program Requirements

  • CNS 501 - Chemical Dependency: Assessment, Treatment, Prevention
  • SWK 615 - Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups or CNS 623 - Group Process and Practice 
  • CNS 502 - Pharmacology of Addiction
  • SWK 694 - Theories & Procedures in Addiction Studies
  • CNS 503 - Legal & Ethical Issues in Treating Drug Dependence
  • The certificate program requires a total of twelve credit hours plus completion of the master’s in social work or counseling (school or agency). One hundred hours of the total 274 clock hours are infused in the master’s programs in social work and counseling.
Did You Know?

Ohio has one of the highest opioid-involved overdose death rates for the entire country. 

National Institute on Drug Abuse


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Career Outcomes

  • One of the fastest growing job markets in the mental health disciplines is chemical dependency counseling.
  • Substance abuse counselors work in a wide variety of settings, such as hospitals, community health centers, mental health centers, private practices, and correctional facilities. 
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Southwest General Health Center, Cleveland Clinic, Visions Unlimited, New Directions, Sisters of Charity Health System, YMCA, and the MetroHealth System.