This certificate program is designed primarily for professionals and paraprofessionals who are interested in the area of substance abuse. The courses could, however, benefit a wide variety of helping professionals, including social workers, case managers, educators, school counselors and administrators, nurses, and ministers. This program will prepare students to recognize addictions and understand treatment and prevention options for substance abusers and their families. The program and coursework are not designed to lead to a state certification or license in substance abuse. Students planning to become licensed as a Substance Abuse Counselor should refer to their state’s credentialing requirements.