This Certificate provides you with all the education hours (360) needed for state certification as a substance abuse counselor in Wisconsin.  Coursework covers assessment, professional responsibilities, education, case management and counseling.  Additional supervised work experience, additional written examinations and an application portfolio must also be completed for state certification as a substance abuse  counselor. Courses also can be used for continuing education credits.

Student Profile

AODA associates are held to high ethical standards to inspire respect, trust, and confidence. Your conduct must never compromise your ability to fulfill your professional responsibilities. To succeed, your skills and character must include:

  • Emotional stability, maturity, self-awareness, self-discipline, and personal responsibility.

  • A lifestyle free of substance use-related problems.

  • An interest in working with people and appreciation of cultural diversity.

  • Strong reading, writing, and abstract thinking skills.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Certificate in AODA will:

  • Develop education and skill development specific to the prevention process

  • Evaluate the impact of community organization in specific to substance abuse prevention

  • Identify key issues related to public and organizational policy

  • Apply an ethical decision-making process to personal and professional situations

  • Support professional growth and responsibility related to working in the substance abuse field

Career Outlook

This certificate combined with a

related degree prepares you for work

in a licensed AODA facilities such as

clinics, hospitals, and community

residential facilities.

  • Substance abuse counselor

  • Treatment Specialist

  • AODA counselor