CADC Certificate Program
The Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) program at SIUC is one of eighteen programs approved to offer the advanced alcohol and other drug abuse counselor training programs. Students graduating from our advanced programs will fulfill the criteria for becoming a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), after submitting an application and having successfully passed the certification examination offered by Illinois Counseling Board. Many of our courses are offered online, while some do require the student to be present in a classroom on campus.
Coursework: The following are the criteria required by the State of Illinois to obtain your CADC via an advanced training program. Students must complete 20 credits of required coursework including an academic discipline-based 500 hour internship (8 credits). Required didactic courses include:
REHB 461 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders
REHB 471 Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
REHB 558 Special Populations and Substance Use Disorders
REHB 566 Substance Use Disorders and the Family
3-4 credit Program Approved Elective- Counseling related (i.e. case management, counseling skills, ethics)
Internship: While the RC program staff performs the required internship site visits, the RC program does not yet offer an internship course independent of our regular counseling degree programs. Subsequently you will not find an internship course number in the catalogue or online specifically for this advanced program. Most students apply the internship hours required by their degree program to meet the internship hour requirements for the certificate and their degree.
Internship sites are acceptable if a) the degree program is clinically focused and b) the site is approved by the Substance Abuse Program Coordinator. Illinois Certification Board (ICB) requirements for internships include the presence of a qualified supervisor and face to face counseling with individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse issues.
If you are not participating in a program of study with a clinical focus at SIU that includes an internship, you may still take the coursework which will apply toward certification. However, in order to obtain a certificate you will need to complete the work experience requirement in full (see below). Approval of internship and work experiences completed prior to enrolling in coursework is dependent on the ICB clearance. For questions pertaining to prior experience please contact the ICB directly at (217) 698-8110.
Costs: For program costs please contact the registrar as credit hour costs will vary.
Advising: Please consult with your academic advisor prior to taking these courses. If you have other questions, contact the Substance Abuse program coordinator: Jane L. Nichols, PhD, NCC, LCPC, CRC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensing and Certification: The Illinois Association of Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselors have an informative website at www.iaodapca.org. To explore the site on your own, go to the Credentialing tab, click on it and go to Credentialing Forms on the pull down menu, then click again on Counseling. The first four bullets pertain to the CADC.
A summary follows:
- High School/GED and;
- 2 years (4,000 hours) of paid AODA qualified work experience in the past four years *;
- 150 Hours of Internship;
- 225 Hours of AODA related Coursework (Our courses meet this requirement) which include;
- 100 hours - AODA Specific Coursework
- 6 hours - Professional Ethics and Responsibility
- 119 hours - Performance Domains; and
- Successful completion of the CADC Illinois Examination
ICB defines qualified work experience as paid, supervised work experience in a position where at least 51% of the applicant’s time is spent providing direct, primary alcohol and other drug abuse counseling. The applicant minimally must have primary responsibility for providing drug and alcohol counseling to an individual and/or group, preparing treatment plans, documenting client progress and is clinically supervised by an individual who is knowledgeable in addiction counseling. Volunteer work and unpaid internships are not applicable.
Waiving Work Experience: Completion of our upper level courses allow you to waive the work experience requirement.
- A Bachelor’s degree or higher that is clinically focused from an accredited school of higher education with a course of study in behavioral sciences (i.e. community counseling, mental health, social work, rehabilitation counseling, criminal justice, psychology, sociology), with at least twenty (20) semester hours, thirty (30) quarter hours or 300 clock hours of AODA specific training will substitute for one year (2,000 hours) of employment.
- An Associate’s degree that is clinically focused from an accredited school of higher education with a course of study in behavioral sciences (i.e. community counseling, mental health, social work, rehabilitation counseling, criminal justice, psychology, sociology), with at least twenty (20) semester hours, thirty (30) quarter hours or 300 clock hours of AODA specific training will substitute for six (6) months (1,000 hours) of employment.