The Substance Use Disorders Counseling Certificate program prepares you to become license eligible as either a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) or a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC), depending on prior academic work.

This certificate program is open to current undergraduate students, or any student with an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. The initial application is open, and will be routed to the appropriate office: Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, or Non-Credit Continuing Education.

NOTE: Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program earn license eligibility through a separate concentration, found here.

Why Substance Use Disorders Counseling? 
Substance Use Disorders Counseling is a growing field that directly benefits the communities you live and work in. The LCDC and LICDC credentials are highly valued by employers in Ohio, especially given the rise of the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 19 percent growth in employment for Ohio substance use and behavioral disorder counselors from 2014-2024.

Why John Carroll?
John Carroll has a 45-year tradition of educating students in the counseling field. Your courses are taught in the classroom by practicing counselors from the greater Cleveland area. This allows you to build your network and learn directly from professionals in the field. You can also take advantage of John Carroll’s established connections at agencies and private practices in the community, and pursue coveted internship placements and jobs.

How long will it take, and what will my workload look like?
You are required to take five courses, which can be taken up to two at a time. The five courses can be completed in as little as three semesters. The field experience component (CG 418/518) includes 220 hours of paid or supervised internship hours, which fulfills part of the State of Ohio’s 2,000 required hours for license eligibility.

  • CG 414/514 – Addiction Knowledge
  • CG 415/515 – Treatment Knowledge
  • CG 416/516 – Service Coordination & Documentation
  • CG 417/517 – Group & Individual Counseling for Substance Use Disorders
  • CG 418/518 – Field Experience in Substance Use Disorders

Courses may be taken in pairs; for example, 414/514 and 415/515 can be taken at the same time, pending class availability.

How much does it cost?
If you are seeking credit for the courses, you will pay the University tuition rate. If you are not seeking credit, you will pay the corresponding continuing education rate. For more information on tuition and financial aid, contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services (SEFS) at (216) 397-4248 or at