Prepares entry-level addiction professionals by providing two addiction specific courses that have the education content areas and hours that meet standards for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certification (CDCA-Preliminary and CDCA-Renewable) through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDP). Additional information about the addictions credentialing process can be found on the OCDP website. A grade of "C" or higher is required for the courses.


Career Opportunities 

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA)
  • Addiction Case Managers
  • Drug Court Staff/Services
  • Addiction Treatment Centers
  • Recovery homes

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Q & A

  1. What do addiction professionals do?

Addiction professionals can provide a variety of services including group or individual counseling within inpatient or outpatient settings, case management, peer support, recovery support services, 12- Step program assistance and substance use education.

  1. Where can addiction professionals work?

Addiction professionals can work in a multitude of settings such as within community mental health organizations, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, public health organizations, juvenile detention centers or adult prison facilities.

Program Highlights

  • Complete this certificate with two courses--one in Fall and one in the Spring. Both courses are online so able to accommodate many schedules.
  • Available to students from any other disciplines who have an interest in working with clients concerning substance abuse or related addiction issues.
  • Addictions, Mental Health and Social Work Assistant (Human Service) majors can take the courses not only to obtain the Certificate but to fulfill their technical course requirements.
  • According to Department of Labor Statistics, the human service/social work area, addiction services, mental, and behavioral health is a growing area.
  • The field of addiction is a rewarding career aimed at helping individuals earn sobriety, improve the quality of lives and rebuild their lives.
  • There are two types of addiction: Chemical addiction, which involves the use of substances and Behavioral addiction which refers to compulsive behaviors.
  • There are an assortment of organizations in the area such as Coleman Health Services, Lima UMADAOP, Bright View Addiction Treatment Center and Lighthouse Behavioral Health that have hired our students.
  • Significant scholarships available

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Jodi Maynhart

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