Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Advanced Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training


Maguire Hall, 5th Floor

1 E. Pearson Street

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Advanced Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work is accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) as an Advanced Accredited Training Program, preparing social work students and practitioners to become Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors (CADC).

Upon completion of the training program (see below for program requirements) students are eligible to submit their application to IAODAPCA to take the CADC exam. A passing grade on the IAODAPCA-administered exam is required for official CADC certification.

Learning Outcomes

  • Through the classroom and the field, students will attain the essential knowledge base of the alcohol and other drug abuse counselor.
  • Students will have an understanding of the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs, including routes of administration, methods of ingestion, tolerance, and withdrawal and interactions of these drugs with other psychoactive and non-psychoactive drugs.
  • Students will be prepared to perform the core functions of an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor, including: (1) screening, (2) intake, (3) orientation, (4) assessment, (5) treatment planning, (6) counseling, (7) case management, (8), crisis intervention, (9) client education, (10) referral, and (11) reports and record keeping.
  • Students will know the rules and regulations, and the professional ethics that guide the substance use treatment field, and know how to apply these ideas in practice.
  • Students will be familiar with the differences in attitude and behavior patterns of significant cultures and special needs groups within the population of Illinois in order to provide meaningful quality care.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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