Drug/Alcohol Addiction Counseling Program


This certificate program aspires to prepare Christians to offer competent counseling services to individuals, families, and groups who struggle with the effects of Substance Use Disorders.  The program offers the number of hours that the Tennessee State Board of Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Counselors requires for licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.

The Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling (DAAC) program will include three sessions beginning in September or January.


Graduate Certificate Program

Students who complete all six courses receive the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling Studies.

Addiction Counseling CertificateMemphis Theological Seminary is one of only 20 institutions nationwide and the only seminary that is currently listed as an approved academic education provider by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).  MTS recently completed the rigorous process of obtaining recognition by the NAADAC as an Approved Academic Education Provider (provider #AP-020).  Ms. Shirley Beckett Mikell, Director of Certification and Education for NAADAC, observes that MTS is one of only twenty academic institutions in the United States that “hold the distinction of NAADAC recognition as an Approved Academic Education Provider.”  Courses offered by NAADAC Approved Education Providers meet the requirements of the National Certification Commission for applicants seeking initial certification as addiction counselors, or those recertifying.  In addition, many states automatically accept training hours from NAADAC approved Education Providers towards state certification or re-certification requirements.

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DAAC Cohort

The Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling Certificate program is a cohort style program consisting of three sessions.  Each session consists of two classes, one on Friday evening from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the other on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. lasting for 10 weeks. Students may begin in session one or session two.  All classes meet on the MTS campus or online.

Sample Cohort Schedule:


1) Foundations of Chemical Dependency Counseling (Fridays)

2) Pastoral Care and Addictions (Saturdays)


3) Counseling Theories for Addiction Counselors (Fridays)

4) Counseling Techniques and the Helping Relationship for Addiction Counselors (Saturdays)


5) Special Topics in Addiction Counseling: Ethics, HIV/AIDS, Screening and Orientation (Fridays)

6) Advanced Formation for Addiction Counselors (Saturdays)


Counseling Courses & Schedule


Future Session Dates

September 5 – November 8, 2014 Session One

January 9 – March 14, 2015 Session Two

May 15 – July 25, 2015  Session Three


Questions?  Drug/Alcohol Addiction Counseling FAQs can help you find answers.


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