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Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior Graduate Certificate in Counseling

School of Counseling and Human Services


Capella University's online Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior Graduate Certificate increases your knowledge of addictive and compulsive behaviors.

This certificate is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the counseling professions.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 core courses

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Classes Start October 7th

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Cost & learning format

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Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$9,740 estimated tuition*
$487 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior Certificate Online - Capella University

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Approved Education Provider

Capella University is an Approved Education Provider of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, for its MS in Addiction Studies and Graduate Certificate in Addictive Behavior

Ways to save

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10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Employer reimbursements

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Sample courses

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Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors

Learners in this course examine theories of lifespan development and behavior from a counseling perspective. Learners describe effective approaches in counseling, evaluate its historical and philosophical relevance to current practice, and apply theories and practices to advocate for diverse clientele. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and MS in School Counseling degree programs and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Couple and Family Systems, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, and Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services graduate certificate programs. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer

4 quarter credits
Group Therapy and Treatment of Substance-Related and Addictive Behaviors

In this course, learners explore group counseling as an important aspect of addictions treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention. Learners develop a personal model of group treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders that is informed by counseling and group theories; ethical, legal, and cultural considerations; and group development models.

4 quarter credits
Theories of Addiction Treatment

Learners in this course investigate the nature of addiction problems, studying various theories and models of addiction to evaluate the validity and efficacy of associated treatment approaches. Learners also utilize critical thinking skills in the application of theory to therapeutic work with specific populations. 

4 quarter credits
Interventions with Substance Abuse and Dependence

Learners in this course evaluate traditional and non-traditional treatment approaches of substance abuse, addiction, and recovery and relapse. Topics include inpatient and outpatient treatment programming; self-help groups; and the use of alternative treatment approaches, community resources, and individual, group, and family psychotherapy in the treatment of compulsive and addictive behaviors. The course also addresses current trends in service delivery related to ongoing changes in the health care delivery system, including managed care.

4 quarter credits
Contemporary Issues in the Treatment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

In this course, learners gain and apply the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as an addictions counselor. Learners analyze the history of addiction treatment as well as approaches to treatment and examine case management, including continuum of care. Learners also develop an understanding of ethical considerations, special populations, and general terminology for the field of addiction treatment.​

4 quarter credits

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