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NOTE:  This program is no longer accepting new applicants/students.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures health plans that offer mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment.  Insurance policies must cover these benefits in order to be certified and offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace, and all Medicaid state plans must cover these services in 2014.  With the increase in numbers eligible for mental health and substance abuse disorder services, there is an increased demand for service providers, specifically for substance abuse treatment.

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling Levels I & II is intended for:
  • State Registered Psychotherapists with a completed Master’s Degree in Counseling or a closely related psychotherapy field;
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Much of the coursework in this 18 credit program ( 6 courses) is offered in weekend intensive and evening formats, so students may complete the plan in approximately one year.

For behavioral health professionals with a clinical master’s or doctoral degree. Additionally, academic certificates are  available to current Regis University Division of Counseling and Family Therapy students after the completion of MCPY 660-Substance Abuse Counseling. The addition of this academic certificate for either our current students or those who have obtained a clinical degree fosters an enhancement of clinical skills and provides expertise and training in addictions counseling beyond the scope of their degree requirements. The Addictions Certificate Level I provides the academic requirements for eligibility  to be Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) II certified, granted by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). Additional supervised hours and an exam are required by OBH for CAC II certification. The Addictions Certificate Level II provides practitioners who have a clinical master’s degree and CAC II certification with the academic requirements to be eligible for CAC III and/or Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) eligible. Additional supervised hours and an exam are required by the state for MAC and/or LAC certification.

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year.

Note: This program is not open for admittance to new students.

Program Detail

NOTE:  This program is no longer accepting new applicants/students.

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling I & II program at Regis University. The total certificate requires 18 credit hours (ch).

Required Courses 
MCPY/MFT 660 Substance Use Treatment (3 ch)
MCPY 630 Groups: Process and Counseling (3 ch)
CFT 601 Co-occurring Disorders and Trauma Informed Care (3 ch)
CFT 602 Pharmacology and Infectious Diseases (3 ch)
CFT 603 Motivational Interviewing (3 ch)
CFT 604 Process Addictions and Client Record Management (3 ch)
Level II
CFT 700 Advanced Motivational Interviewing (3 ch)
CFT 701 Clinical Supervision and Professional Practice (3 ch)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Selection Criteria

NOTE:  This program is no longer accepting new applicants/students.

Current graduate students in the MAC or MAMFT program may be admitted to the Addictions certificate program by applying for the certificate after taking MCPY 660 Substance Abuse Counseling. Addictions certificate Level I courses may be taken concurrently during the master’s degree coursework. Addictions Certificate Level II courses must be completed post-master’s. 

A student may only apply for graduation from the certificate once (Addictions Certificate Level I, Addictions Certificate Level I & II or Addictions Certificate Level II). The Addictions Certificate Level I cannot be awarded to current students until the semester they are graduating from the MAC or MAMFT program.


NOTE:  This program is no longer accepting new applicants/students.

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year for the Addictions Counseling Certificate.

How to Apply

Prerequisites for Counseling Graduate Academic Certificate Programs

  • Completion of a master’s degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy or a closely related clinical field from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a clinical internship within the master’s degree—600 hours minimum supervised clinical experience within the prior master’s degree program.  

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript reflecting a master’s degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. Documentation of completion of a clinical internship may be required by the admissions committee
  • Completed admission essay (instructions to upload the document are included within the online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current résumé
  • Criminal background check
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed

All Counseling program applicants must submit application materials to the program prior to the admission deadline to be considered for admission.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.