One in four Americans will have an alcohol or drug problem at some point in their lives. Almost a quarter of a trillion dollars of the nation's yearly healthcare costs are attributable to substance abuse and addiction.

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While there is no magic bullet that managers, administrators and professionals can use to address addictions among employees within their organizations, there is hope.

The Addictions Screening, Assessment and Referral Certificate teaches you how to play an active role in screening for addictions and — more important — getting individuals with addictions into the treatment they need.

Through convenient, online coursework designed to accommodate the needs of adult learners, you'll learn about the technique known as "brief intervention," how it works and why it is so effective in helping people change their behavior.

Certificate Requirements

Students will complete the certificate program by satisfactorily passing each of the following courses with a minimum 70 percent achievement level; a final grade of "C" or better; and with a cumulative G.P.A. of "B" or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

Required Courses:

  • ADDS 5100 Substance Abuse -- Current Concepts (3)
  • ADDS 7100 Substance Abuse Screening, Motivation and Referral (3)
  • ADDS 5520 Disparity and Diversity in Substance Abuse (3)
  • HLSC 5512 Changing Health Behaviors (3)

Total:  12 Hours

How to Apply

You may apply to this certificate program through the Governors State University Application pages at the link below:

More Information 

Click on this link for a handy fact sheet on the Addictions Screening, Assessment and Referral Certificate:  Addictions Screening, Assessment and Referral Certificate

For additional admission and program information, contact Mary Rothenberg, Department Secretary, at 708.534.4910, or by email at