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Improve the Lives of Those Affected by Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction plagues not only the individual, but also families and entire communities. Getting to the root cause of addiction can only serve to aid in treatment and recovery program. The Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling program at City University of Seattle is designed for master’s-level graduates who want to expand their knowledge and skills, taking a deeper dive into this critical field.

If you are licensed professional, this program will provide additional certification, so you can better meet the needs of your clients. Classes are offered in an online, self-paced format to accommodate your busy schedule.

Chemical dependency professionals are in high demand in Washington State. As such, the Department of Health has approved an alternative educational track for master’s-level licensed professionals who are interested in additional certification as chemical dependency experts.

City University of Seattle has developed an innovative online certificate program, which will allow busy professionals to complete the required 15 college credits in a self-paced format.

The CityU chemical dependency counselor certification has been designed for master’s level professionals who are motivated to better meet the complex needs of clients that have both substance use and mental health issues.

If you are already credentialed at the master’s level or higher, you may qualify to complete the alternative educational requirements for the chemical dependency professional certification.

Approved master’s degrees include:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Osteopathic physician
  • Osteopathic physician assistant
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Psychology
  • Social work

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling program, you’ll:

  • Gain an understanding the pharmacological properties and physiological effects of addictive substances
  • Apply current legal and ethical guidelines related to Chemical Dependency Counseling in Washington State
  • Develop conceptual knowledge and practical skills to diagnose and treat substance abuse disorders

Total Required Credits (15 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

COUN 680 Survey of Addictions: Pharmacology and Physiology of Addictions (5)

COUN 684 Substance Use Disorder Law and Ethics (5)

COUN 687 Treatment of Addictions: Individual, Group, and Family Addictions Counseling using ASAM Criteria (5)

The Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling opens the door for you to expand on your master’s-level education to better help individuals with substance abuse or mental health issues.

You may already be a practicing professional or looking to advance in one of the following professions:

  • Social work
  • Public health
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Behavioral disorder counseling
  • Mental health counseling

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.