Addictions and Rehabilitation

Post-Master's Certificate - Psychology
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The Post-Master’s Certificate in Addictions and Rehabilitation is designed for individuals interested in gaining knowledge of case management, clinical supervision, clinical supervision leadership strategies, rehabilitation needs of special population, and evidence-based practices in addiction rehabilitation. Courses will cover core functions in addiction counseling, thus providing students with information to help them prepare for eventual and advanced careers in addiction rehabilitation.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.


6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates. 





Integrated Theories of Addiction and Rehabilitation

This course is designed for the advanced practitioner and those with a working history in addiction treatment interested in learning more about integrated theories of addiction and rehabilitation. Topics to be covered include the history of alcohol and other drug treatment, models and theories of addiction, and neurobiology of addiction with specific focus on a variety of evidenced based approaches. Highlights include a focus on how substances affect the users, the resulting impairments, the recovery process, and how the integration of addiction theory and practices that support rehabilitation.


Case Management Approaches and Methods

In this course, students will focus on methods and approaches to case management as well as the multifaceted role of the modern case manager. Students will examine the functions of case management within the therapeutic process and identify the responsibilities of case management in evaluation and follow-up in a variety of treatment settings.


Clinical Supervision

This course provides an overview of topics essential to becoming an effective clinical supervisor of addiction counselors. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of tools and skills necessary to mentor counselors in the development of skills through a positive mentoring relationship. Other topics include the significance of the supervisory relationship, the understanding of models and methods of supervision, as well as relevant issues such as cultural diversity, counselor assessment and ethical responsibilities.


Advanced Clinical Supervision: Leadership

This course explores the advanced skills and expanded knowledge areas necessary for continued development as a clinical supervisor. Topics include the development of a personal model of clinical supervision and its application via practice and/or current supervisory responsibilities. Practical issues that arise in supervision including managing crises and legal dilemmas will be emphasized. The development of leadership and other skills necessary to enhance one’s performance in mentoring counselors also will be addressed. 


Addiction Treatment and Special Populations

This course examines the diverse intervention approaches that have been used effectively in special populations, including women, the elderly, veterans, LGBT, and ethnic minorities. Focus will be placed on phases of the therapeutic process from intake/assessment to treatment planning and implementation. The heterogeneity of and within the special populations and the need to ensure appropriate care is provided to this individuals will be emphasized.


Evidence-Based Practice in Addictions and Rehabilitation

This course provides an overview of evidence-based practices essential to effective treatment, rehabilitation and sustained recovery for substance use disorders. Emphasized are models of addiction (including biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives); diagnostic criteria and its relevance to treatment; patient placement criteria; and modes and models of addiction treatment.  Included is an exploration of clinical trials leading to the use of empirical evidence in treatment modalities and recognition of the significance of maintaining fidelity in the implementation of evidence-based practices.  Other considerations include the assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders, family involvement, multicultural factors and the importance of individualizing care as a means toward relapse prevention and sustained recovery.


At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Psychology's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $18,890
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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Note on Licensure: The Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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