This certificate is designed to provide students with introductory theoretical knowledge and training in the area of substance abuse and addiction. Students who complete this certificate will be able to apply credits toward the AS Human Services Degree or to transfer credits to baccalaureate programs. Students with this certificate, coupled with their Associate Degree in Human Services, will have special training and education in the etiology of the disease process of addiction; environmental and familial risk factors in substance abuse; public health issues; prevention and treatment modalities; and continuum of care. In addition, the student will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a field work placement consisting of approximately 150 hours within a semester.

Learn More About This Program >

Program Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Hernandez
Associate Professor, Human Services
Phone: 860-343-5816
Office Location: Snow Hall 508

Graduation Checklist

Substance Abuse Education Certificate – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.


Substance Abuse Education by Certificate Requirements


Certificate Prerequisites 


ENG*101 Composition  3
PSY*111 General Psychology I   3
Certificate Coursework
DAR*101 Public Health Issues of Abuse & Addiction (Fall)   3
DAR*114 Introduction to Family Systems (Fall or Spring)   3
DAR*158 Biology of Addiction (Spring)  3
HSE*202 Introduction to Counseling/Interviewing (Spring)  3
HSE*289 Psychiatric Practicum (Fall or Spring)   3
PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology (Spring or Summer)  3
SOC*120 Group Dynamics (Spring or Summer)  3
Total Credits: