Addiction Certifications & Training


L/CADC Counselor Interns: Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) assist individuals with substance use disorders by providing individualized treatment, support and motivation along their journey toward wellness.


Scholarships for Courses: NJPN provides the 270 education hours (45 courses) for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). These courses are no cost for counselor interns working in DMHAS licensed treatment facilities. Scholarships are available to attend courses offered weekly. Currently all courses are held virtually.


Chemical Dependence Associate (CDA) certification establishes foundation competency and education for those working towards their CADC. The CDA requires 20%, or 54 hours, of the 270 education hours needed for the LCADC or CADC. The 9 specific classes were chosen for their focus on areas that counselor interns  need to know prior to working as a counselor.


Scholarships for Courses: NJPN offers 9-course CDA track at no cost to those interested in pursuing an internship at a The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) licensed treatment facility. NJPN assists CDA candidates with internship placement. 


Licensed Clinical and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC & LCADC) working in DMHAS agencies may apply for a scholarship to attend renewal trainings that provide the continuing education credits required to maintain a valid credential in NJ.


Scholarships for Courses: Various renewal courses are offered annually and all courses are offered virtually during pandemic.


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Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) Credential Is intended for use within licaensed alcohol & drug counseling programs. In NJ, most supervisory positions require a masters or doctorate in addition to the CCS.  


Scholarships for CCS Courses: Licensed clinicians working in DMHAS agencies may apply for a scholarship to attend the virtual 5-day (30 hour) CCS course.


NJPN helps promote careers in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment and connects eligible individuals with DMHAS agencies statewide that host internship opportunities.

CDA Students are provided one-on-one assistance to secure an internship while attending courses

DMHAS licensed Treatement agencies interested in CDA or CADC interns should email NJPN:


Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) has demonstrated competence related to alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention and who provides services that build capacities of individuals and systems to promote healthy environments, lifestyles, and communities. CPS ensure that prevention policies and programs focus on public safety and well-being through primary prevention and the latest evidence-based practices.

Scholarships for Courses: NJPN offers scholarships to attend CPS educational courses - currently online only.


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