The Substance Use and Recovery Counseling certificate program contributes to the mission of the Department of Counseling and Human Services by preparing students to provide culturally- responsive, trauma-informed substance use counseling services. Students completing the course sequence engage in the rigorous training and fieldwork experiences necessary to develop the knowledge, skills, awareness, and advocacy competencies necessary for high-quality client care.
In 2018, the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services estimated that Colorado has a shortage of approximately 110 addictions counselors. Should the number of addictions counselors being introduced to the workforce through training programs remain constant, the shortage of addictions counselors is expected to increase to 430 providers by 2030 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018). There is a clear need within the state of Colorado to increase the accessibility of Substance Use Disorder training and education programs that prepare practitioners for certification and licensure as substance abuse counselors.
Course content, program length, academic level, admission requirements, and prerequisites for the Substance Abuse and Recovery Counseling course sequence were determined through collaboration with the Office of Behavioral Health Certified Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program.
Students must complete the following courses with a passing grade of 70% in each class: