As with all public health crises, healthcare professionals are on the front line of the addiction epidemic. This certificate enables you to provide advanced clinical care to patients with both primary and co-morbid addictions, and it positions you as a leader in implementing best practice in this area.

The only transdisciplinary certificate in addictions in the Boston area, this program is tailored to healthcare professionals with existing graduate degrees, whether you have addictions experience or not. It is grounded in the principles of transdisciplinary collaboration, person-centered care, and community health. It prepares professionals to fill a significant need as addictions specialists, equipped with in-class experience that mirrors the interdisciplinary teams in the workplace.

As the curriculum illustrates, the certificate covers theories of addiction, assessment and diagnosis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, and transdisciplinary competencies. Importantly, it takes a holistic view of the patient, incorporating proven methodologies to empower families and other groups to support treatment.

Nursing graduates will also be prepared to sit for the CARN-AP exam, and all graduates may choose to take additional addiction elective courses beyond the 12-credit certificate which is intended to prepare them to sit for their LADC-I exam. For more information, please speak to the program director.

A person holding hands consoling someone with a drug addiction

Program of Study

  • The program of study consists of 12 credits or 4 courses. Two of the courses will be taken by all students: NU/CP 680 Advanced Practice for the Addictions Professional I, and NU/CP 682 Advanced Practice for the Addictions Professional II.
  • The second two courses differ depending on the student’s track:
    • Nurses who are pursuing CARN-AP designation will take NU 681 Advanced Practice Addictions Nursing Practicum I and NU 683 Advanced Practice Addictions Nursing Practicum II. Each of these clinical courses are taken in conjunction with participation in 250 hours of supervised clinical instruction. The overall four-course sequence and the total of 500 supervised clinical hours, along with 1500 hours of nursing experience in addiction as an advanced practice nurse, will enable students to sit for the CARN-AP exam. (Certificate Addiction Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice).
    • Other behavioral health enrollees will take CP 690 Clinical Internship and CP 691 Clinical Internship II.
  • The following are additional elective courses beyond the 12-credit certificate that are intended to prepare students to sit for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC-I) exam: CP/NU 624 Treating the Addictions: Dynamics and Treatment Strategies, CP/NU 686 Addiction, Advocacy and Social Justice, CP/NU 688 Behavioral and Process Addictions.
  • Note that Regis in the process of submitting our curriculum to the Commonwealth’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services as a means of receiving BSAS’ “Addiction Education Program” designation. For more information, please speak to the program director.

Curriculum for Nurses Pursing the CARN-AP Licensure:

  • NU 680 Advanced Practice Addictions Nursing I

    This is the first of two courses that focus on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to care for individuals, groups, and families experiencing addiction. You will learn theoretical frameworks of addiction and related nursing theories as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addiction disorders across the lifespan. Course content includes both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, healthcare systems and transdisciplinary competencies, cultural considerations, and the integration of common co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions.

  • NU 681 Advanced Practice Addictions Nursing Practicum I

    This is the first of two clinical practicum courses that a full-day on-campus session on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to care for individuals, groups, and families experiencing addiction. This course provides students with opportunities to apply theoretical and didactic content from NU 671 in the context of a supervised 250-hour clinical practicum experience.

  • NU 682 Advanced Practice Addictions Nursing II

    This is the second of two courses where students will continue to develop the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals, groups, and families experiencing addiction. Students will continue to synthesize course content and apply concepts related to advanced practice addictions nursing direct care, leadership, and transdisciplinary roles.

  • NU 683 Advanced Practice Addictions Nursing Practicum II

    This is the second of two clinical practicum courses that focuses on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to care for individuals, groups, and families experiencing addiction. This course provides students with opportunities to apply theoretical and didactic content from NU 671 and NU 673 in the context of a supervised 250 hour clinical practicum experience.

Curriculum for Other Behavioral Health Providers:

  • NU/CP 680 Advanced Practice for the Addictions Professional I

    This is the first of two courses that focus on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to care for individuals, groups, and families experiencing addiction. This course focuses on theoretical frameworks of addiction and related mental health counseling and nursing theories as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addiction disorders across the lifespan. Course content includes both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, healthcare systems and transdisciplinary addictions counseling competencies, cultural considerations, and the integration of common co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions.

  • NU/CP 682 Advanced Practice for the Addictions Professional II

    This is the second of two courses where students will continue to develop the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals, groups, and families experiencing addiction. Students will continue to synthesize course content and apply concepts related to transdisciplinary addictions counseling and/or advanced practice nursing direct care, leadership, and transdisciplinary roles.

  • CP 690 Clinical Internship I

    This course provides institutional group supervision to students in their mental health internship and/or transdisciplinary addiction clinical placement. This format is designed to provide students with experiences in addition to the on-site supervision each student will receive. The class will use a developmental model to focus on counselor growth in competence (skills, techniques), purpose and direction (goal setting, direction in counseling), theoretical identity (application of theory), ethics, respect for individual differences and diversity, and counselor self awareness, sense of personal motivation, and development of appropriate autonomy. Internship provides for the advanced practice of clinical mental health and group work skills under licensure-approved supervision. Agency, client contact, and supervision hours are dictated by each state’s licensure board for the pre-master’s internship, with a common expectation of 600 agency hours, 240 client contact hours, and 45 supervisory hours (15 individual, 15 group, 15 hours of additional individual or group supervision) derived from a two semester sequence of pre-master’s internship (represented in CP 690 and CP 691). Hours accrued can also be counted towards application for licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC-1) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for students in the post-masters certificate program, or master of arts in counseling psychology addiction specialization track.

  • CP 691: Clinical Internship II

    This course provides institutional group supervision to students in their mental health internship and/or transdisciplinary addiction clinical placement. This format is designed to provide students with experiences in addition to the on-site supervision each student will receive. The class will use a developmental model to focus on counselor growth in competence (skills, techniques), purpose and direction (goal setting, direction in counseling), theoretical identity (application of theory), ethics, respect for individual differences and diversity, and counselor self awareness, sense of personal motivation, and development of appropriate autonomy. Internship provides for the advanced practice of clinical mental health counseling and group work skills under licensure-approved supervision. Agency, client contact, and supervision hours are dictated by each state’s licensure board for the pre-master’s internship, with a common expectation of 600 agency hours, 240 client contact hours, and 45 supervisory hours (15 individual, 15 group, 15 hours of additional individual or group supervision) derived from a two semester sequence of pre-master’s internship (represented in CP 690 and CP 691). Hours accrued can also be counted towards application for licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC-1) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for students in the post-masters certificate program, or master of arts in counseling psychology addiction specialization track.

Optional 9 Credits from Graduate Mental Health Counseling's Addiction Specialization:

  • CP/NU 624 Treating the Addictions: Dynamics and Treatment Strategies

    This course provides an overview of counseling philosophy, theory, techniques and professional/ethical standards that are most effective in counseling clients who have been diagnosed with an addictive or compulsive disorder. Current research about the most effective and practical theoretical counseling models that foster professional growth, healing and change will be studied and critiqued from recovery, multicultural and social-justice-oriented frameworks. There will be an emphasis on the importance of comprehensive integrated treatment of individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. Students will acquire knowledge about prevention strategies, relapse prevention strategies, treatment planning, as well as the importance of family therapy and self-help groups and how they related to psychosocial rehabilitation treatment outcomes.

  • CP/NU 686 Addiction, Advocacy and Social Justice

    This course will focus on advocacy and social justice theory as it relates to addiction treatment and recovery support. Students will engage in a detailed exploration and deconstruction of the history and systems of addiction treatment, drug laws and related policies, and specific theoretical approaches when working with special populations within the addictions field, all within the context of social justice and advocacy theories. Participants will investigate client needs and will develop professional responses/interventions that reduce stigma, increase agency for people with substance use disorders, and support transdisciplinary collaboration.

  • CP/NU 688 Behavioral and Process Addictions

    This course provides an overview of the history, theory, and current research perspectives in the etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral/process addictions. Specific attention will be paid to examining the similarities and differences between chemical/substance addictions and behavioral/process addictions. As this course is intended to add to the preparation of the counselor-in-training for clinical work in a variety of settings, extensive experiential practice in both assessment and intervention will be included. In addition, this course includes special topics related to working with persons struggling with behavioral/process addictions (i.e. ethical considerations, multicultural competency, LGBTQI issues, special populations).

* Students who come to the program with existing and/or concurrent addiction-related clinical practice experience may substitute two didactic courses from the master of arts in mental health counseling's addiction specialization track, so long as their past/current addiction-related clinical practice is approved by this certificate program’s faculty as meeting life-experience equivalent for the certificate’s clinical course requirements.

12
Average Credits
$800
Per Credit
$9,600
Average Total Cost*

* Based on the academic year 2019-2020. Cost per credit and total cost subject to inflation.

Need more information?

For nursing applicants interested in the path to CARN-AP certification, please contact the program coordinator:

For applicants with existing behavioral health masters and/or doctoral level degrees in social work, counseling and/or medicine, please contact the program coordinator: