NEWPORT, R.I. – Recognizing the need for substance abuse counselors and the treatment gap that currently exists in the U.S., Salve Regina University will offer a certificate of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in substance abuse and treatment beginning in the fall.
The program includes course work in theory, ethics, neurobiology and substance abuse treatment methods. Candidates must have earned a related master’s degree and have completed prerequisite course work at the master’s level. Course work in this program prepares students for the state licensure examination as a substance abuse counselor through the Rhode Island Board for The Certification of Chemical Dependency Professionals.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013 Edition noted that “Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 27 percent from 2010-2020, faster than average for all occupations.” This is not surprising when paired with the results of 2011 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services which indicated that the number of clients in treatment increased by 8 percent between 2007 and 2011.
Further, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, reported in their 2011 study results that illicit drug use is increasing in America, and that less than 11 percent of the 21.6 million Americans who needed treatment for a drug or alcohol problem received treatment in a specialty facility.
“There is a compelling and current need for mental health professionals, trained beyond the master’s level, who can provide mental health counseling in Substance Abuse and Treatment,” according to Dr. Nancy Gordon, chairperson of the department of Graduate Counseling at Salve Regina.
The certificate of advanced graduate studies in substance abuse and treatment is offered through the university’s department of Graduate Counseling. The department also offers a graduate certificate in substance abuse foundations in holistic studies at its Newport campus, and substance abuse foundations in rehabilitation counseling at its Center for Adult Education in Warwick.
For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at 800-637-0002.