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Advanced Certificate Program in Addictions Counseling

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Program Overview

This program is designed in collaboration with faculty from the University of Rochester’s Medical Center and Strong Recovery to provide additional substance use training to health professionals with the goal of attaining the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) credential, and earning an advanced certificate in substance use counseling from the Warner School.
In this program, students will learn about current trends in substance use treatment, substance use treatment ethics, and be given the opportunity to earn internship hours through Strong Recovery. Additionally, the Advanced Certificate program offers a supervision track for professionals interested in learning about clinical supervision skills. 

Key program features

  • Flexible: This may be taken as a stand-alone program, expanding your area of expertise and making you more marketable in the area of substance use and addiction.
  • Supervised clinical internship: One track provides a seamless transition to a supervised clinical internship experience at Strong Recovery. An alternative track is offered for individuals who are interested in learning more about clinical supervision based on their career goals.
  • Collaborative: Program offered in partnership with faculty from the Strong Recovery clinical program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 


  • A master’s degree in counseling, health professions, or a related field.

Apply Now for the Addictions Counseling Advanced Certificate Program

Gain an integrated understanding of addictions and holistic recovery processes in this innovative program. A collaboration of the Warner School of Education and Strong Recovery, the program offers healthcare and mental health professionals and trainees additional substance use disorder and addiction treatment training.

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We welcome applications on a rolling basis. Next priority deadline is March 15, 2024.

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 Student Testimonials:

I have so much more knowledge about substance use disorders that I can present in an objective way and really engage patients in psychoeducation effectively. I think that giving people correct information in a person-centered, non-judgmental approach combined with motivational interviewing is such a powerful tool for change."  -- 2023 Program Graduate

There are many countless benefits for me from taking these courses, they have increased my awareness of the impact of substance use on our communities and in particular, I feel more confident in my ability to screen for, assess, and diagnose substance use disorders - all of this in a patient-centered and recovery-oriented way. I feel that the courses have provided a unique benefit from learning from a panel of experts that are pioneers in the field of substance use disorder treatment and include the most up to date and relevant information of any type of learning on these subjects I’ve ever experienced. I truly do not believe that this quality of instruction or educational material that is this contemporary, relevant, and useable is accessible anywhere else.”  -- 2023 Program Graduate

Program Leadership:

Doug Guiffrida, MS, PhD

Doug Guiffrida


Professor, Director of the Counseling Program and Director of the Advanced Certificate Program in Mind/Body Healing and Wellness

Counseling & Human Development


Julie V. Achtyl, MS, LMHC, CASAC-M, NCC, ACS

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Co-Director of Operations - Director of Adult and AYA Chemical Dependence Outpatient Services, Director of Counselor Education,
Discipline Chief of CASAC’s

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