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NC State Addictions Specialist Certificate Program

The Center for Family and Community Engagement and faculty from the NC State School of Social Work partnered to offer the Addictions Specialist Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals. This program was designed to increase the number of paraprofessionals in the field of addictions. The program provided access to courses that could be used to apply for certification with the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.

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Certificate Overview

The Addictions Specialist Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals offers courses in four categories:

  1. Substance Use Specific: This series of courses specifically focuses on topics related to prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery related to substance use disorders.
  2. General Skill Building: This series of courses focuses on skills that are not substance abuse specific but that are related to counseling skills used within the substance use disorder arena.
  3. Current Topics: This series of courses highlights current and emerging issues related to special populations that are impacted by substance use disorders. 
  4. Live Online: This series of courses offered in a live online format by instructors who currently work as substance abuse professionals across the U.S.

Get Involved in the Community!

The map below highlights addiction recovery and prevention agencies in the state of North Carolina that often have internship and volunteer opportunities. To learn more about these agencies, click on your desired location on the map. Or click the link here.

North Carolina

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Course Examples

On-Demand Courses

Check out our On-Demand Courses page to learn more about our current offerings and see course trailers.

Live Online

Live online courses vary based on presenter. Former presentations include the following topics

  • Opioid Use Disorders and Treatment
  • Comprehensive View of Addiction: Neurologically, Physically, Socially, & Emotionally
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Substance Misuse
  • Diagnosis & Level of Care Placement for Alcohol & Drug Counselors
  • Medication-Assisted Recovery
  • Nutrition and Self-Care in Recovery
  • Substance Misuse in Elderly Adults
  • Human Trafficking and Implications for Drug Use
  • Social & Ethical Issues in Working with the HIV Population
  • Working with Veterans: Co-morbidty of Substance Use Disorder & PTSD
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Pregnancy & Opioid Exposure
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Course Funding

This training is funded by the Center for Family and Community Engagement and partially supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award of $898,762.00 to the NC State School of Social Work. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.