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Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate

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Program Coordinator: Kimberly Arrington, M.Ed., LPC
Office: Student Center 408
Phone: (409) 984-6307

The Certificate program is only available to students that have already completed a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher Education in a related health field, accepted by the Texas State Licensing Board.

Texas Certification Board (TAB) is an autonomous arm of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. The certification board is committed to the setting of counselor standards and protection of the public good.

Once completing the 24 semester hours, including 320 hours of field work, the student is eligible for a Counselor Intern licensure with the State of Texas and eligible to work as an intern while completing the necessary 4000 Intern hours.

An Intern is then eligible to sit for the full licensing exam and upon successful completion of all State requirements can be awarded credentials of Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, or LCDC.

Job Outlook

Substance Abuse Counselors may counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Substance Abuse Counselor Information and Salary Potential


  • Students must purchase liability insurance and complete a criminal background check, prior to beginning practicum hours in the DAAC 1164 and DAAC 1165 Practicum courses. The background check is good for one year so complete one month prior to beginning the practicum course. View Directions
  • The following courses are required by the Texas Department of Professional Counselors licensing Board and MUST be taken to obtain Counselor Intern licensure after graduation: DAAC 2330 Multicultural Counseling, DAAC 1309 Assessment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, DAAC 1164 Practicum, and DAAC 1165 Practicum.
Recommended Program of Study
Course Title SCH
First Year
First Semester
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
DAAC 1317 Basic Counseling Skills 3
DAAC 2330 Multicultural Counseling 3
DAAC 1164 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1
Second Semester
DAAC 1305 Co-Occurring Disorders 3
DAAC 1309 Assessment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
DAAC 2454 Dynamics of Group Counseling 4
DAAC 1165 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1
Total Hours 24
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