The McDermott Professional Learning Center’s Addiction Counselor Preparatory Training Program is accredited by the Illinois Certification Board (ICB).
Our course is designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to take the required ICB CADC examination and to prepare individuals for employment as an addiction counselor. It also provides counseling education and training for social services and human resource professionals interested in addiction counseling.
Students graduating from the 225-hour program fulfill the ICB educational requirements to begin the application process for a CADC certification in the state of IL.
In order to complete the CADC Preparatory Program, individuals must also complete a 300-hour internship that demonstrates competence in the 12 Core Functions of an addiction counselor. Individuals must receive 150-hours of supervision during the internship experience. Once these internship requirements are met, McDermott Professional Learning Center will issue a completion letter for ICB records.
Upon completing the internship and passing the examination individuals are registered as applicants for CADC certification with ICB.
Note: ICB also requires 4,000 hours (2 years) of paid Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse qualified work experience in order to receive your certification. ICB allows for waiver of some of these hours, depending on your specific degree and any applicable paid work experience in the past four years.
Please carefully read the Counselor Model on ICB website for additional requirements to obtain your CADC certification:
Cost: $2000.00 - payment options and plans are available – Students must pay $500.00 at time of registration which is included in the full cost of the course.
Days/Times: Every week - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Duration: 6 months
For inquiries, contact:
Lisa Abrams, LCPC, CSADC
Director of Staff Training & Development
312.226.7984 ext. 581
If an individual decides not to take the class after payment is made, 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.