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Program Details

This program at Rio Salado College is designed to launch students career in social work, counseling, mental health, psychology or rehabilitation. Expert faculty helps students develop unmatched skills necessary for assisting chemically dependent persons to alleviate their addictions. Coursework focuses on the recovery process, relapse factors, family dynamics, various intervention models and professional ethics.

The Certificate of Completion in Professional Addictions Counseling (CCL) is designed to provide addictions specific education to practicing behavioral health professionals. Courses focus on self-help groups, the recovery process, relapse factors, family dynamics, and the various medical, emergent, and intervention models.

This program has also been designed to help professionals meet their educational requirements for state and/or national addiction certification requirement, as well as gain continuing education credits. Since substance abuse affects the lives of so many people in so many ways, there is a need for people trained in chemical dependency to work in many fields of employment which may include human resources, civil courts, criminal justice, education, social-service case managers and caseworkers, welfare services, and adolescent and child services.


Students must have an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree in behavioral health or a related field.

Accreditation & Licensing

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


Licensing and requirements vary by state. While Rio Salado is a SARA approved institution to provide distance education, students should check their resident state’s authorization prior to enrollment.