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Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior Counseling Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Counseling


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

Reduce your tuition by $1,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $1K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your certificate.

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Classes Start March 9th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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

*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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Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

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

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

Sample courses

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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 for Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Learners in this course investigate current treatment interventions for substance-related and addictive disorders. In addition, learners evaluate diagnoses for substance-related and addictive disorders and apply appropriate treatment. Topics include inpatient and outpatient treatment options, self-help groups, the use of alternative treatment modalities, and continuum of care including community resources, relapse prevention, and recovery planning.

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

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

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