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Transdisciplinary Addiction Professional Certificate

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Care and treatment for those who need it most


The Transdisciplinary Addiction Professional Graduate Certificate curriculum is designed to help nursing and health care professionals build their foundation in addictions treatment, care, and recovery. This is a streamlined certificate that comprises just 15 credit hours (five courses) and can be completed in about 12 months.


Required core coursework includes two seminar-style courses that touch on theory, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for patients of all ages. The program also includes your choice of three electives from the list below, which can help you tailor your knowledge toward your professional interests and desired outcomes.

CP/NU 680 Advanced Seminar for Addictions Professionals 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 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, health care systems and transdisciplinary competencies, cultural considerations, and the integration of common co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions.


CP/NU 682 Advanced Seminar for Addictions Professionals 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.

Prerequisite: NU 680

CP/NU 624 Treating Addictions

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 personal 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, and the importance of family therapy and self-help groups and how they relate to psychosocial rehabilitation treatment outcomes. Finally, this course will provide an overview of the role of psychopharmacology in mental health, with particular focus on medications typically prescribed to assist individuals with mental health, addiction, and dual-diagnosis experiences.

Note: This is a designated practicum course for Rhode Island licensure candidates.


CP/NU 650 Biology, Psychopharmacology, and Health Care Collaboration

Driven by a biopsychosocial framework, mental health counselors should understand the biological bases of emotion and behavior, collaborate with prescribers of medical and psychotropic drugs, advocate on behalf of their clients, and guide clients to advocate for their own care. Understanding the basic tenets of biological processes that drive and impact behavior allows students, as counselors-in-training, to consider the health and wellness of the whole person. Students will also familiarize themselves with commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs and examine the reciprocal relationships between health behaviors, medication adherence, mental health, and recovery from alcohol and drug addictions


CP/NU 684 Advanced Seminar for Addictions Professionals III


CP/NU 686 Addictions 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 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 people struggling with behavioral/process addictions (i.e., ethical considerations, multicultural competency, LGBTQI issues, or special populations).

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