The School of Social Work offers a certificate program, administered through the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program, that meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) credential administered by the N.C. Substance Abuse Professional Certification Board (NCSAPPB), called the Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies Program.
Alumni earn their certificate by completing four Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) courses. Upon completion they are eligible to apply for the LCAS credential under “Category A” of the NCSAPPB.
This year, budget reductions to the School of Social Work resulted in a fee increase to take ATOD courses. However, from now through Aug. 31, 2012, School of Social Work alumni are eligible for a preferred rate of $400 for each course, over the standard rate of $600. In addition, alumni will have priority for available seats in all of the ATOD classes.
The School hopes to encourage alumni practitioners to return to earn a certificate, and to stay connected with the School.
“Social work practitioners are an important part of the classroom environment, as they return with valuable ‘real world’ clinical experience to share with our students,” said Worth Bolton, program director.
The Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program and the SA Certificate Program at the School of Social Work are funded in part through a contract with the North Carolina Division MHDDSAS with Federal Substance Abuse Block Grant funds provided by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).