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Addiction counseling is about understanding addictive behavior and offering a fresh start.

Bethel’s online Certificate program in Addiction Studies provides the credentials for entry-level positions involving drug and alcohol treatment. Learn to understand the dynamics of addictive behavior and how to guide individuals battling addictions toward hope and healing.

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Addiction Studies Certificate

Our Addiction Studies Certificate will help you get started in a social services career. You’ll learn how to apply research and evidence-based practices to your counseling practice as you assist individuals dealing with addiction.

Delivery Online
Location Online
Credits 18
Tuition per Credit $430
Estimated Total Tuition $7,740*

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Using Research to Improve Therapies

At Bethel, counseling means providing the best care to effect change. That's why our Certificate program presents the most up-to-date practices shown to improve clients' behaviors. Learn to find research on the subject and how to apply it to your practice. Our focus on evidence-based practice, coupled with our commitment to a whole-person, Christian worldview, provides an ideal foundation for providing effective addiction counseling.

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Program Highlights

Develops core counselor skills

Learn personal, interpersonal, and professional skills needed for effective addictions counseling, including ethical practices and sensitivity to diversity.

Designed for undergraduate or graduate students

Coursework is designed for students currently in undergraduate or graduate programs or who already have a degree in human services, psychology, Christian ministries, nursing, social work, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, or other similar programs.

Online courses

All courses are online, so you can balance your time commitments with course requirements.


Our graduates are prepared for further graduate study and entry-level social service careers in a variety of addictions treatment settings.


Learn how to...

  • Practice evidence-based addictions counseling
  • Screen, assess, and design addictions treatment plans
  • Practice intercultural sensitivity in addictions counseling
  • Integrate a Christian worldview with addictions counseling
  • Navigate the professional and ethical issues faced by addictions counselors


Our graduates will prepare for entry-level alcohol and drug counselor roles at places like:

  • Drug and alcohol treatment centers
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health clinics
  • Recovery programs
  • Religious organizations

Areas of Study

Our graduates may continue on to study such areas as: