Becker’s Certificate Program Approved by Department of Public Health

Published on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Becker College has received approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for its Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling program. The Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling program, which is offered through Becker’s Center for Accelerated & Professional Studies, is a professional development sequence designed to train those individuals considering a career in addiction counseling or those already working in the field, to broaden and sharpen their competencies. The certificate gives students the option to work as an addiction counselor in many types of treatment settings, including detoxification, residential programs, and out-patient programs.

According to Nina Mazloff, M.S., director of the Education and Family Studies Program at Becker College, this certificate program, which combines theory with practical experience, fills a great need in Central Massachusetts. “Our students do their practicum in community agencies in the area like AdCare Hospital, Spectrum Health Systems, and the Addiction Referral Center,” she said. “Our students are assets to these organizations, so much so that they are often hired by these companies upon completion of the program.”

In addition to the five required courses, each student must complete a 300-hour practicum (in which they are responsible for keeping a journal) and a 46-hour seminar. Students enrolled in the practicum work under supervision in alcohol/chemical dependency treatment facilities with people in need of treatment. This supervised experience, in conjunction with the seminar, enhances student knowledge on drug and alcohol counseling and ethics.

For more information on this certificate, please visit the program page.