Substance Abuse Services Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Counseling PSY215 3 PSY101
Addiction HSV112 3 PSY101
Abnormal Psychology PSY227 3 PSY101
Case Management in Human Services HSV118 3 PSY215
Intro to Substance Abuse Counseling HSV115 3 HSV112 and PSY215
Pre-Practicum Prep w/Field Experience HSV116 Spring 3 see note*
Total Credits 24

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*Note: The prerequisite for certificate students is ENG111 with a grade of C or better and a minimum of nine credits completed toward the certificate option including, at a minimum, PSY215 and HSV112. 

Program Overview

This certificate prepares students for direct service entry level jobs providing the delivery of services to clients with substance abuse problems and their families.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Substance Abuse Services Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Students completing the certificate may qualify for careers in social welfare, mental health, community development, or other similar human service organizations in the community serving families and children, adolescents, elders, or other specific populations in need of services through community programming.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use assessment practices to respond to the needs of participants and enhance these individuals in leading a life that involves selfempowerment, assertiveness, and strong decision-making skills. 
  • Communicate effectively and establish collaborative relationships to allow planning, implementation of support services, and interventions with participants, agency supports, and other community resources. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of supports available, while understanding the challenges facing participants, assist in gaining resources for aid, advocate by overcoming challenges and providing supports through community and educational resources. 
  • Demonstrate skill in handling crisis prevention, intervention, and resolution techniques to solve problems, and keep detailed documentation of the process and outcome of each situation.
  • Participate in the life of a human services agency, being familiar with the mission and “best” practices of human services organizations, demonstrating these skills in professional activities.