Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling


This certificate is primarily designed for graduate students in rehabilitation counseling, mental health counseling, social work, psychology or other human services disciplines or for human services professionals who desire to learn about addictions and substance abuse counseling. The certificate program is an interdisciplinary effort on behalf of the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences and the Department of Mental Health Law Policy in the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation


Students must take Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling as a pre-requisite for Professional Skills for Addiction Counselors, Counseling Approaches for Substance Abusers, and Practicum (Substance Abuse).


15 total credit hours.

  • RCS 5450 Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
  • RCS 6459 Professional Skills for Addictions Counselors (3)
  • RCS 6456 Counseling Approaches for Substance Abusers (3)
  • RCS 6803 Practicum (Substance Abuse) (3)


Students will select one elective from the five offered.

  • RCS 6930 Obesity and Eating Disorders (3)
  • RCS 6930 Introduction to Mind Body Techniques
  • RCS 6930 Principles and Practices of Personal Change
  • RCS 6930 Spirituality and Counseling
  • Approved elective

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is four semesters.

CEU/Licensure Credit

This graduate certificate program is approved for education and training by the Certification Board for Addictions Professionals of Florida (CBAPF approved provider #179A).

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

GRE testing is not required for admission to the certificate program. However, the GRE is required for admission to the graduate degree programs. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Vicky Buckles (Certificate Director)

Theo Carroll

Graduate Certificates
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