AODA Specialization Certificate


The AODA Specialization Certificate is for people who hold or are in the process of gaining licensure as a professional counselor, clinical social worker or marriage and family therapist in the state of Wisconsin and seek Substance Abuse Specialty certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor. This certificate provides licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers or Professional Counselors with the 180 hours of education across the four knowledge domains listed in the Wisconsin Code MPSW 1.09 as part of the Substance Abuse Specialty. Completion of this certificate will help make the student eligible for an AODA Specialty, the equivalent of the Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) credential in Wisconsin.


  • Develop education and skill development specific to the prevention process
  • Evaluate the impact of community organization in specific to substance abuse prevention
  • Identify key issues related to public and organizational policy
  • Apply an ethical decision-making process to personal and professional situations
  • Support professional growth and responsibility related to working in the substance abuse field

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  • Demonstrate commitment to community and self to the prevention of substance abuse