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Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Coordinator: Lisa Ellis
Office: University Hall, Room 3241
Phone Number: 973-655-7267


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 five 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 two 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 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.

Course RequirementsNJ State Requirements

Admission Information

All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.