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In Bethel’s Addiction Studies Certificate program, you’ll develop the skills to follow your passion for helping those facing addiction and ultimately influence their journeys toward growth and healing.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

8 months


  • Counseling Microskills (ADST445)

    Examination of effective counseling skills that combines theoretical understanding and hands-on practice of essential microskills. Engagement in development of “self of the therapist” through reflective practice and observation of self and others.

    4 credits

  • Introduction to Addictions Counseling (ADST450)

    Examination of addiction from a variety of perspectives and evaluation of the twelve core functions of an addictions counselor. Description of the process of change in the context of the continuum of care. Cultivation of a personal philosophy around spirituality and addiction.

    4 credits

  • Pharmacology of Addictions (ADST455)

    Examination of the biopsychosocial and the neuro-physical effects of addictive substances. Evaluation of evidence-based medical treatment options for both addictions and co-occurring disorders. Integration of spirituality with medical approaches to treating addiction in an interculturally sensitive manner.

    4 credits

  • Assessment and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (ADST460)

    Examination of the assessment and treatment, including identification of the appropriate level of care, for co-occurring disorders of substance use and various psychological disorders. Attention is given to evidence-based practices in treatment planning and intervention.

    4 credits

  • Professional Issues and Ethics (ADST485H)

    An examination of legal and ethical situations arising in the practice of helping professions, including alignment with the core functions for addictions counseling. Evaluation of legal and ethical issues in professional practice and decision making. Development of goals and strategies for continuing professional, personal, and spiritual growth.

    2 credits


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