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Make a Difference Treating Addictions

The addictions study certificate of specialization (CS) program prepares students to work in the field of substance abuse treatment. The program is designed to provide students and professionals across disciplines with the knowledge and practical skills needed to effectively work in the field.

The certificate of specialization adds value to degrees in disciplines such as social work, criminal justice, education, nursing, psychology, sociology, etc. Graduates in these areas usually work with people and their families who struggle with substance use disorders and related issues.   

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What is Addictions Study at St. Louis Community College?

Addictions study involves the examination and understanding of substance abuse and behavioral addiction issues. Focusing on the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of addiction disorders, this certificate equips graduates to support people struggling with substance abuse and related problems.  

Theoretical knowledge courses provide insights in theories that explain the causes of substance abuse in society, at-risk behaviors that lead to addiction and the populations that are generally affected.  

Professional skills courses provide the knowledge for prevention and treatment of various forms of drug and alcohol addictions.

Some of the skills you will learn include:

  • Crisis intervention strategies 
  • Basic counseling skills
  • Identifying wrap-around services
  • Leading recovery and counseling groups
  • Applying ethical standards
  • Client referrals
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What Can You Do with an Addictions Study Certificate?

When you graduate with the specialized certificate in addictions study, you have the knowledge and skills to work at:

  • Inpatient and outpatient drug treatment facilities
  • Transitional houses
  • Detox centers
  • Correction facilities
  • Probation and parole agencies 

Certification graduates with higher-level degrees can be employed as addictions counselors, drug and alcohol counselors and administrators of private and public mental health agencies, schools, hospitals and more.  

CS in Addictions Study

  • Degree offered: Certificate of specialization
  • Locations: Forest Park, Online
  • Hours to complete: 27
  • Program contact name: John E. Fallah
  • Program contact email: jfallah1@stlcc.edu

Tuition for district residents is $122 per credit hour for in-district students. Find out more about our straightforward and low-cost tuition structure.

Field Experience 

Upon completing the coursework, you will enroll into a practicum to acquire field experience by working with drug and alcohol agencies, inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, schools, hospitals and related institutions in St. Louis City and surrounding counties.

You will be required to complete 150 hours working in a clinical setting at your practicum agency. During this period, you will gain practical experience working with clients, patients and/or residents. 

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Why You Should Choose STLCC's Addictions Study Program

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Graduate with Little or No Debt

We believe cost should never be a barrier to achieving your potential. Save over $4700 per year with tuition that's one-third lower than other local institutions. 

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Ramp Up High Wage Skills

STLCC offers career-focused programs for high-wage, high-skill and in-demand jobs. STLCC provides opportunities for college transfers, career development and workforce training. Certificate programs can establish you in a new career in as few as 12 weeks.

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Build Skills You Need With Stackable Credentials

Stackable credentials help students level up career opportunities without investing a large amount of time and resources. Students can stack or assemble a series of traditional and nontraditional credentials including degrees, certificates, apprenticeships and more. 

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Earn College Credit While in High School

Earn up to 60 hours of college credit while in high school with dual credit and dual enrollment. Pay one-sixth the price for classes you'd be taking at a four-year university.

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