Aug 14, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Addiction Studies Certificate

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Allison Hrovat, 413.552.2381,


Addiction exacts a toll on individuals, families, and communities across the nation. Anyone whose life has been impacted by the disease of addiction knows the far-reaching effects this epidemic has. The Addiction Studies certificate prepares students with foundational knowledge to enter the treatment and recovery fields which are so critical to supporting our communities today. Students are encouraged to enter this certificate program in the Fall semester. If they do so, it is possible to complete this certificate in one year, in consultation with their advisor. Courses in this program have been specifically designed to be applied to the educational requirements of the MA Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS). Additional requirements, including documented supervised hours of practice, will be needed in order to complete that certification process.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • comprehensively discuss addiction, including the stages of substance use, the disease model, evidence-based practices, and prevention, outreach, and treatment approaches
  • explain the nature of specific addictions–tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and processes, including gambling
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of trauma and the practice of trauma-informed care
  • provide direct services that are culturally and developmentally responsive
  • recognize the role of co-occurring disorders, medication management, self-help, and relapse in the recovery process



CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks may be required prior to field work and will be conducted by specific agencies in accordance with state regulations. CORI and SORI results are confidential.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online. Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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