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Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Graduate Certificate (Cert)

Program Details

Credits Required: 21
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Industry Highlights

  • Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 27% by 2020.

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Helping substance abuse professionals stand out

Treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is an area of care that continues to grow. Western Michigan University has been preparing professionals for this important field since 1973. And today the SPADA program is stronger than ever.

The Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SPADA) at WMU continues to be a leader in the education of personnel in a variety of positions in alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Courses are taught by faculty from departments across the university, and the SPADA-affiliated faculty are sought out as consultants and as experts in the field.

Why SPADA at Western Michigan University

The SPADA program at WMU is the first university-based training clinic in Michigan to address the criminal justice population of substance abusers. Courses examine biological, psychological and sociological aspects of substance abuse, giving students a comprehensive perspective.

CADC and CAADC credentials

Work done in the program can be applied to the educational and field experience requirements for CADC and CAADC credentials. Refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals for more information.

Who should apply

The certificate is for working professionals and graduate students in counselor education and counseling psychology, occupational therapy, psychology, public administration, biological sciences, social work, sociology, and other related disciplines.

Career opportunities

Completion of the program enhances employability for a number of careers in both public and private sectors. A certificate from WMU's nationally recognized College of Health and Human Services offers a distinct advantage in your career.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.