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2018-2019 GCC Catalog 
2018-2019 GCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor Certificate

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This certificate program prepares students to take the certification exam used by the state of Connecticut (administered by the Connecticut Certification Board) for credentialing as an addiction counselor. This program is ideal for students who are already working in the field of addiction treatment, are receiving credentialed clinical supervision, and would like to be on a fast track for state certification. This program is also beneficial to those who hold advanced degrees (in counseling, social work, or a related field) and who would like to supplement their expertise, effectiveness, and marketability and become eligible for state of Connecticut licensure as an alcohol and drug counselor. 

After completing the certificate program, students will have completed all of the substance abuse specific training required to be eligible to sit for the certification exam. Students will have concurrently achieved nearly half of the requirements for an associate degree in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling. Typically, students earn the certificate on their way to completing the associate degree. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator, Cher Shannon, at (203) 285-2321 or e-mail at (

Program Outcomes
  • Upon completion of the DARC Certificate, graduates will:
  • Be prepared for the written Alcohol & Other Drug national examination administered by The Certification Board, Inc.
  • Complete the educational hours in the eight required domains in accordance with the CCB and Department of Public Health of Connecticut
  • Have acquired the knowledge and skolls of an alcohol and drug abuse recovery counselor
  • Be fluent in the practice and application of the code of ethics as outlined by the Connecticut Certification Board.

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