Substance Abuse Counseling

Become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

This program offers students a series of classes that collectively meet the required 270 hours required by the NC Substance Abuse Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for certification. CFCC will provide students with guidance and support as they move through the didactic part of the certification process.

Classes must be taken in sequence except for certain special circumstances.

Class 1 – Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
This class will meet the prerequisite requirement to become registered with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board.(NCSAPPB) Students will be introduced to the professional code of ethics for this field.

Class 2 – Professional Development

Students will be introduced to the profession of addiction counseling. This class will provide students with the requirements for becoming a certified addiction counselor, including information on the core skills competencies, required supervision and clinical practicum. Wilmington Campus, 15 hours, $75

Class 3 – Client, Family and Community Education

This class is designed to help students develop skills to provide clients, families, significant others, and community groups with information on risks related to psychoactive substance use, available prevention, treatment and recovery resources.
Wilmington Campus, 42 hours, $130

Class 4 – Blood Borne Pathogens, Infectious Disease and Nicotine Dependence

This class will provide students with an in-depth overview of infectious diseases and blood borne pathogens, and the link between drug use and the contraction of these communicable diseases.
Wilmington Campus, 15 hours, $75

Class 5 – Documentation

This class is designed to increase student’s knowledge in using data to improve clinical practice and learn skills and techniques to summarize information. The focus of this class is helping students develop the skills required to document in a professional manner that is clear and concise.
Wilmington Campus, 48 hours, $130

Class 6 – Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
This class will introduce students to the assessment and planning process of their clients. Students will develop the skills necessary to utilize screening tools to obtain client information and determine the client’s physical and mental status.  The development of comprehensive treatment plans will be a focus of this class.  Students will become familiar with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders.
Wilmington Campus, 148 hours, $130

Class 7 – Practicum Work Based Learning
Students pursuing certification are required to complete a 300hr supervised practicum experience. The specific site is based on the students’ professional interests.  Faculty will assist the student in in identifying possible locations, but it is the responsibility of the student to secure a site.  This class will provide students with the details, information pertaining to this component of the substance abuse counselor certification process.
Wilmington Campus, 42 hours, $130

Class 8 – Crisis Planning and Intervention
Utilizing the NC Interventions (NCI) criteria, students will learn proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Emphasis will be on assessing the risk for escalating behavior, appropriate interventions, and the use of nonphysical methods of management.  Enhancement of verbal and non-verbal communication is a focus.  Students will become certified in North Carolina Interventions (NCI).
Wilmington Campus, 48 hours, $130


Contact Philip Brown at or (910) 362-7319 for more information.