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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2016-17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Addictions Counselor Program (ACP) Certificate

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Bedford Campus - Evening

Program Description:

The Addictions Counselor Program (ACP) Certificate provides the required coursework and fieldwork experience to be eligible for Massachusetts certification as a substance abuse counselor. Program graduates are prepared to take the required certification and state licensing examinations. Students are provided an in-depth knowledge of alcohol/addictions treatment programs and current treatment modalities. Students must take two field placement courses, totaling 300 hours, in an alcohol/addictions treatment facility. This experience allows students to work on the core functions of substance abuse counseling: assessment, treatment planning, case management, crisis intervention, client education and documentation. The program is completed through a one-year, three-semester curriculum, requiring 29 credits.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Certification as a substance abuse counselor enhances employment prospects in a wide range of human service and human resource careers. Human service professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degrees may enter the certificate program to obtain state certification or to expand career opportunities. All courses in this program may be applied to the Human Services associate degree.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information:

In accordance with Federal regulations, Middlesex Community College discloses information about student costs, tuitions, fees and employment statistics to various governing bodies to ensure certification and oversight.

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Helpful Hints:

It is recommended that students with Reading Placement Test Scores of 68 to 75 enroll concurrently in ENG 075 or ENG 085.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Addictions Counselor Program (ACP)  Certificate program are prepared to:

  • Describe the resources and required eligibility of the current treatment options of the substance-abuse treatment system;
  • Demonstrate effective communications skills, including group and individual counseling skills, oral and written communications, and computer research proficiency;
  • Identify and practice ethical standards as set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and National Certification Boards;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major factors of multicultural diversity and the importance of pluralism in our society;
  • Acquire and demonstrate an understanding of relevant theory and research as it applies to clinical practice and service delivery.


Total Credits: 29

 Note: In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.


Admission Information

Required Testing/Prerequisites: It is required that students place into English Composition I and submit the required essay.  Please see questions listed below.

Please submit a two-page typed essay answering the following questions:

1. What has motivated your recent professional interest in the field of alcohol and substance abuse counseling?

2. What specific qualities or attributes would you consider to be essential to being an effective counselor? What personal experiences or background information might be important for us to know about you? Please discuss any employment in the field or educational or training experiences.

Required Documents: Admission Application, Requirements Certification Form and required essay.

Students may be admitted in any semester on a space-available basis. Employment verification or college transcripts may be required for admission.

Deadline: Although there is no deadline, students are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited.

Requirement After Admission: Admitted students must attend an orientation with the Addictions Counselor Program certificate coordinator prior to course registration.



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