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Scholarships for Becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Substance abuse counselors help individuals recover from addiction by providing treatment, support and motivation along their journey toward sobriety. NJPN provides free training for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), who work in licensed substance abuse or mental health treatment facilities. Courses are offered at ten sites throughout the state, listed below.

Eligibility Requirements

The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) created the Addiction Training and Workforce Development Program to enhance and diversify New Jersey’s addiction workforce. A primary goal of the program is to increase the number of credentialed professional staff employed at DMHAS-licensed addiction treatment and mental health agencies by offering CADC and other professional development training opportunities. Class size is limited, and eligibility for the program is based on the following criteria:

1. Priority is given to individuals currently working at a DMHAS-licensed substance abuse treatment agency who:

  • Are actively working towards the completion of a New Jersey license or certification as a LCADC, CADC or CDA;
  • Are accumulating work experience in the 12 core functions in the field of substance abuse treatment;
  • Are being supervised by a LCADC or another licensed clinical professional who is qualified to supervise alcohol and drug counselor interns as specified under New Jersey statue (N.J.A.C.13:34C-6.2); (Qualified clinical supervisors include a LCADC, a NJ-licensed physician certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine [ASAM], a psychiatrist with added qualifications in chemical dependency from the American Psychiatric Association, or an APN, licensed psychologist, LCSW, LMFT or LPC who also is certified as a Certified Clinical Supervisor [CCS].)
  • And has submitted a Proposed Plan of Supervision(http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/alcohol/proposedplan.pdf) to the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee.


2. Priority is also given to individuals currently working at a DMHAS-licensed mental health facility or state psychiatric hospital who:

  • Are serving clients with co-occurring disorders;
  • Are actively working towards the completion of a New Jersey license or certification as a LCADC, CADC or CDA;
  • Are accumulating work experience in the 12 core functions in the field of substance abuse treatment;
  • Are being supervised by a LCADC or another licensed clinical professional who is qualified to supervise alcohol and drug counselor interns as specified under New Jersey statue (N.J.A.C.13:34C-6.2); (Qualified clinical supervisors include a LCADC, a NJ-licensed physician certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine [ASAM], a psychiatrist with added qualifications in chemical dependency from the American Psychiatric Association, or an APN, licensed psychologist, LCSW, LMFT or LPC who also is certified as a Certified Clinical Supervisor [CCS].)
  • And has submitted a Proposed Plan of Supervision (http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/alcohol/proposedplan.pdf) to the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee.


3. Limited space is available
for individuals who are interested in pursuing an internship at a DMHAS-licensed substance abuse treatment agency but have not yet been hired as an alcohol and drug counselor intern. These individuals will be limited to taking a maximum of 18 courses with NJPN and cannot take additional courses until they have obtained employment or an internship at a DMHAS-licensed substance abuse treatment facility.

 

NJPN Training Sites

Atlantic County:
(Click on the link below for information about this location)
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Pomona-Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camden County:
Starting Point, 215 Highland Ave, Westmont
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Essex County:
Newark Renaissance House, 50-56 Norfolk Street, Newark
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hudson County:
Endeavor House North, 206 Bergen Avenue Kearny, New Jersey 07032
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mercer County:
Rescue Mission of Trenton, 98 Carroll Street, Trenton
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Middlesex County:
NCADD of Middlesex County, 152 Tices Lane, East Brunswick
Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Morris County:
Morris County Prevention Is Key, 25 West Main Street, Suite 1A, Rockaway
Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ocean County:
NJPN, 150 Airport Road, Suite 1400, Lakewood
Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Apply Online Today!

To apply for a scholarship to attend trainings at any of these locations, please fill out an application using one of the links below. We have a short waiting list at some locations, so if possible, please indicate your top two choices of where you would like to attend classes.

Apply online now! (For best results, use Google Chrome as your browser. Click here to download Google Chrome.) Effective January 1, 2014, all applications must be submitted electronically. Paper applications will be returned to sender.

Need more information? 

The process of becoming a CADC or LCADC involves several steps, so it’s important to understand what lies ahead if this is a path you are interested in taking. View our Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions section for more complete information.

 

Grateful Graduates:

  

Submitted by: CADC Program Graduate
After almost 20 years in the field I’m so happy to be nearing the end of something I’ve been attempting to do for years but the courses were so difficult to find and the cost was prohibitive.  I really appreciated receiving the Ready to Test Manual and want to thank everyone for their efforts. ~ JH

 Submitted by: CADC Program Graduate
I don’t know how to thank you for the classes through NJPN. I have completed the classes on October 22.  I finished the last at the Middlesex County site.  I have only a few more supervisory hours to be signed for as I am working at an Outpatient Program as Substance Abuse Counselor in training.  I will be taking the test soon. Again thank you so very, very much. ~ SH

Submitted by: CADC Program Graduate
 Hi Barbara:
Thnx for your congratulations message. YES!!! I am excited to have completed & be able to now plan to take the licensing exam. I thank you & NJPN for all your help & support. How lucky I am to have been part of your grant. ~ Warmest regards, JB

 Submitted by: Mercer County Supervisor
To All Involved,
Thank you for assisting “LE” in completing any credits she needed in her application for her LCADC.  She has put her application in and was granted the LCADC this month. NJPN has done a great job of helping people who are almost there, finish up.

Submitted by: CADC Program Graduate
I thank NJPN for your sponsorship and support throughout this process. I am forever in debt. ~ Respectfully, JB

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