Online Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies Empowering Leaders in Substance Abuse Prevention


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total

For many people, addiction is a life-long struggle that requires intervention from qualified mental health professionals. If you want to come alongside those who are battling addiction and equip them to take practical, actionable steps toward recovery, Liberty’s 100% online Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies may be right for you.

This program covers effective methods for helping people overcome addiction and avoid relapses. The skills you develop can prepare you to make a difference in the lives of your clients and their families – whether you’re working in a hospital, outpatient clinic, residential treatment center, government clinic, mental health clinic, or another relevant setting.

With our addiction studies certificate program, you can learn how to address addiction in both individual and group environments. The training you receive can help you pursue a variety of non-licensure roles in human services and behavioral health – and your courses will provide a solid foundation for future graduate studies if you later decide to complete a full master’s degree.

Partner with us and prepare to make a positive impact on your community as you help people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives!

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  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

If you want to gain foundational skills for working in behavioral and mental health but aren’t ready to pursue a full master’s degree, our online addictions certificate is a great option. At only 18 credit hours, you can complete this certificate in as little as 2 semesters – saving you time and money.

Throughout the program, you’ll receive specialized training that can help equip you to advance in your current field or branch out into a new career. Additionally, the credits you earn may transfer into our MA in Addiction Counseling – so if you decide to pursue a full graduate degree later on, you’ll already have a head start!

At Liberty, one of our main goals is to provide flexible education opportunities that fit your schedule. Our Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is offered 100% online with no set login times. Whether you’re a parent, a working professional, or have other important commitments outside of school, our addiction classes online give you the freedom to continue your education without putting your life on hold.

By pursuing your graduate certificate at Liberty, you won’t have to sacrifice quality for flexibility. We are regionally accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Additionally, our addiction studies online courses are taught by industry professionals who have spent years working in counseling and mental health services. By pursuing your certificate at an accredited institution that offers world-class instruction, you can confidently prepare to take the next step in your career.

In this program, you’ll dive into topics such as ethical and legal issues in counseling, theories of counseling and psychotherapy, effective interventions, and empirically supported treatment modalities. Your coursework can help you build a foundation for establishing your own theoretical approach to working with individuals, couples, and families.

Some of the specific areas you’ll study include:

  • Counseling strategies for working with clients with addiction
  • Effective case management techniques that focus on the whole person and promote treatment retention
  • Group counseling methods and skills
  • How addiction affects a person’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual state
  • Pharmacological treatment approaches to withdrawal, treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention
  • Standard screening and assessment instruments for substance use disorders, process addictions, aggression, danger to self and/or others, and co-occurring mental disorders
  • The addictive nature and properties of various substances and behaviors

Throughout your courses, you can grow into an ethically and spiritually aware behavioral sciences professional who knows how to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of individuals and families across diverse populations. At the end of the program, you can graduate ready to better serve and support those who struggle with substance abuse and other forms of addiction.

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Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
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Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.

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