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Web-based Addictions Certificate Program

The Addictions Certificate Program (ACP) is designed for direct clinical practitioners - social workers, nurses, and psychologists - who deliver or plan to deliver behavioral healthcare services to addicted populations that may present with additional complex and comorbid mental health and physical health needs. Participants will gain assessment, intervention, and consultation knowledge and skills for practical application in the workplace, and will link with a peer learning community to discuss and explore new skills and ideas.

All ACP content has been pre-approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) and is applicable for "specific" continuing education contact hours. Because of the unique design features of the University of Michigan Addictions Certificate Program, these CE contact hours are designated as formal classroom education hours, rather than home study contact hours.

All tracks are now available for registration.

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Participants in the Addictions Certificate program will have opportunities to:

  • Learn core knowledge pertinent to working with addicted populations;
  • Acquire and practice critical skills for effectively engaging and treating clients with complex and comorbid conditions;
  • Earn up to 90 CE contact hours toward Social Work licensure, and up to 90 pre-approved contact hours toward certified addictions counselor certification;

Courses address core focus areas integral to providing effective, cutting-edge addictions treatment, including:

  • Engagement, and Understanding Difficult Behavior Change
  • Stages of Change and Motivational Enhancement
  • Motivational Enhancement Skills I & II
  • The Brain Chemistry of Addiction, Withdrawal and P.A.W.S.
  • Multi-axial Assessment, Case Presentation, and Treatment Planning
  • Stages of Change and Treatment – Measuring and Documenting Progress
  • Cognitive Behavioral Approaches
  • The 12-Step Model and other Peer-led Resources
  • Stage-matched Group Work
  • Screening and Referral
  • Treatment Orientation and Psychoeducation
  • Family Systems and Natural Supports
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy
  • Contingency Management
  • Empowerment Case Management
  • Detoxification Approaches and Strategies
  • Recovery-oriented Prescribing Practices and Pharmacological Recovery Supports
  • Physical Health Concerns, including Communicable Diseases
  • Addiction and Mood Disorders
  • Addiction and Thought Disorders
  • Addiction and Personality Disorders
  • Addiction and Anxiety Disorders, including PTSD
  • Dual Disorder Treatment Frameworks
  • Professional Ethics I & II
  • Addiction and Spirituality
  • Legal System / Criminal Justice Interface
  • Cultural Awareness and Competence

Advisory Board and Faculty

The Addictions Certificate Program instructional team is a highly skilled and experienced group of addictions professionals committed to training the next generation of practitioners in both reliable time-tested practice knowledge and methods, as well as the most cutting-edge evidence-based intervention skills. With advisory input and oversight from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP), and the Michigan Department of Community Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addictions Services (MDCH-BSAAS), the resulting program is designed to equip participants with core knowledge and skills for meeting the treatment needs of today's substance-involved populations.

  • Jennifer E. Harrison

    Jennifer E. Harrison


    Instructor of the U-M Addictions Certificate Program

    University of Michigan School of Social Work

  • Carolyn Hartford

    Carolyn Hartford


    Instructor of the U-M Addictions Certificate Program

    University of Michigan School of Social Work

  • Michael E. Johnson

    Michael E. Johnson


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