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CADC Program - Frequently Asked Questions


The following is a list of frequently asked questions: If you require an answer to something that is not indicated, please feel free to contact Lisa Abrams at labrams@hcenter.org for further assistance.


Q: Will I be a certified CADC counselor once I complete the course?
A: No. Please review the Counselor Model on the IL Certification Board website to find further information regarding requirements and the process to receive your certification:


Q: What is the CADC class attendance requirement?
A: Only 8 absences throughout the duration of the course are allowed. If absences exceed 8 classes, you will not be able to continue the course.


Q: Does the cost of the course include ICB application fees or any other costs associated with ICB exam and application?
A: No. Any costs associated with ICB are your responsibility.


Q: Can I get a refund if I decide not to take the full curriculum?
A: A full refund minus a $25.00 administration fee will be given up to the start date of the curriculum. A refund minus $150.00 will be given during the first 2 weeks of the start of the curriculum. After two weeks from the start date, no refund will be given.


Q: Does McDermott Learning Center offer their students internships?
A: At the discretion of the CADC Program Director, unpaid internships may be offered to students which complete the completion of the 225 classroom hours (some restrictions do apply). Internship opportunities at Haymarket Center are not guaranteed.


Q: Does McDermott Learning Center offer financial aid?
A: Currently McDermott Learning Center does not offer financial aid. Payment options are available. Please contact Lisa Abrams for further information: labrams@hcenter.org


Q: Does the cost of the curriculum include books?
A: No. The cost of the curriculum does not include any required study materials needed. You are required to purchase the Illinois Certification Board Study Guide available through ICB. McDermott Learning Center offers one required textbook for $45.00:
Global Criteria: The 12 Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor (7th Edition)


Q: Is there parking available?
A: No. On-premise parking is not available. Many students utilize the SpotHero or ParkChicago app.


Q: Where will classes be held?
A: Classes are usually held at 932 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607. Due to COVID 19, classes are virtual for 2021.


Q: What education is required to attend the CADC curriculum?
A: All applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma (or equivalent) to attend the session. Proof will be required at registration.


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