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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 have partnered to offer the Addictions Specialist Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals. This program is designed to increase the number of paraprofessionals in the field of addictions. The program will provide access to courses that you can use to apply for certification with the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board

New on-demand courses will be updated regularly.

Live course sessions are available weekly for 1.5 to 3 hours.

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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.

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


Development and delivery of this certificate program is funded by grant #T97HP33390, awarded to the School of Social Work, from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Center for Family and Community Engagement. In order to register for the certificate, HRSA requires that each participant verify that they are connected, as a volunteer, intern, or employee with an agency that provides either prevention, treatment, or recovery services for substance use disorders. After verifying this information, each participant will pay a $40 registration fee and will have access to the certificate materials for 12 months.