Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Coordinator: Dr. Renfro-Michel
Office: University Hall, Room 3215
Phone Number: (973) 655-5381


A Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) provides counseling, education and support to clients with substance abuse issues and their families.  CADC job responsibilities include individual and group counseling, assessment and referral services. CADCs work at a variety of  settings including: community clinics, inpatient, partial outpatient, and outpatient facilities. According to the Department of Labor, CADCs have a projected job growth of 22% in the next 5 years.   

The CADC program is offered in both traditional and Fast-Track formats. For the traditional format classes are offered face-to-face at night and on weekends. The Fast-Track CADC option allows students in a cohort to complete the CADC program in 2 semesters while working full-time. Classes are offered nights in both hybrid and online formats.  The program format allows working professionals the flexibility of an intensive, yet manageable course of study in an accelerated fashion.

The graduate programs in Counseling offer several advantages:

  • Opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student
  • The opportunity to master counseling skills in a technologically state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, which allows students to record, archive, and review their own counseling practice sessions, which enhances their ability to serve future clients
  • A diverse group of faculty members actively engaged in scholarly research who hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • A theory-to-practice model of instruction that allows students to gain practical experience in schools, community agencies, and colleges and universities
  • An emphasis on the infusion of multicultural counseling and social justice practice in all courses
  • A vibrant and diverse student body that has the opportunity to engage with faculty members on research and present at professional conferences

The courses in the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate program fulfill the educational requirements set by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) for CADC eligibility. If they choose, students may apply to matriculate concurrently in the MA in Counseling program.

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Counseling - Masters, Certification and Certificate Programs Brochure
The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities.

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