Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Advanced Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training Program

CADC License Application Instructions

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work is accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) as an Advanced Accredited Training Program, preparing social work students and practitioners to become Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors (CADC).

Upon completion of the training program (see below for program requirements) students are eligible to submit their application to IAODAPCA to take the CADC exam. A passing grade on the IAODAPCA-administered exam is required for official CADC certification.

Outline of the CADC-Eligible Training Program Requirements and Admission Criteria

The Training Program is designed for full-time Loyola School of Social Work BSW, BSW/MSW, and MSW students, as well as non-degree seeking applicants with an advanced mental health degree. The CADC program is compatible only with the Mental Health specialization.

All applicants (degree-seeking, external, and post-graduate) must submit their applications by the December 1 deadline each academic year. Applicants are also advised to be available for potential on-campus interviews the week of December 1.

In addition to applying by the December 1 deadline, the following criteria apply to these specific groups:

BSW Students: Students whose terminal degree is a BSW must apply to the Training Program by December 1st of their junior year and must apply to the fall semester.

Five-year BSW/MSW Students: Five-year students must apply by December 1 of their senior year and must apply to the fall semester.

Advanced Standing MSW Students: Advanced Standing MSW students are not eligible to complete the CADC program during their MSW program. They are eligible to apply to the CADC program as post-graduate students.

MSW Students: MSW students must apply by December 1 of their first year in the MSW program and must apply to the fall semester. In addition, at the Water Tower Campus, only students who started their MSW program full-time and in the fall semester are eligible to apply. Carthage MSW students are eligible to apply if they began their MSW program full-time in the Summer semester.

External Students, non-degree seeking: External students pursuing CADC-eligibility must apply by December 1st to begin their education in the fall semester of each academic year and must possess an advanced mental health degree. These students must submit an official transcript with their application, in order to document completion of 125 hours of generalist (theory and practice) mental health training. 

*Degree-seeking and external students pursuing CADC-eligibility must begin their education in the Fall semester of each academic year.

*Degree-seeking participants in the CADC-eligible Training Program must be full-time students. Part-time degree-seeking students must defer the CADC-eligible Training Program to post-graduate education.

*The 500 hour IAODAPCA-required internship will be fulfilled by degree-seeking students concurrent with their second year/advanced placement. MSW students pursuing the School Specialization will not be eligible for the Training Program, as the CADC-eligible placement is a second year placement.

All applications will be reviewed and participants will be selected based upon the quality of their essays, assessing applicants’ suitability as well as their academic and professional intentions.

Courses

SOWK 722: Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders

Foundation/prerequisite course covering history, pharmacology, etiology, addiction and recovery; prerequisite for two subsequent clinical courses.  Students must receive a grade of B or better in this course in order to continue in the Training Program.

SOWK 723: Clinical Practice in Addictions

Restricted to students within the Training Program.  An advanced practice course covering screening, biopsychosocial assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual & family practice, client education, and case management and referral. Students must receive a grade of B or better in this course in order to continue in the Training Program.

SOWK 724: Group Practice with Substance Abusers

Restricted to students within the Training Program.  An advanced practice course focused on group practice, the signature clinical intervention in SUD treatment. Students must receive a grade of B or better in this course in order to continue in the Training Program.

500 hour supervised fieldwork in a licensed Level I-IV SUD treatment program.  Internships begin in the fall semester 3 days per week or as a summer block placement.

Admission

Please note: Current MSW students who are full-time, first semester students in their fall term must apply for admission to the fall semester (2nd fall term in the program) and are eligible to complete the CADC-E program within the 60-credit MSW program.

Current MSW students who began part-time or in the Spring semester must apply to the Summer semester following their last term in the MSW program and are eligible to complete the program as a post-graduate.

Students who have not attended Loyola's School of Social Work must apply to begin the program in the fall semester and as a post-graduate program. Applications to the CADC certificate program are due December 1.

Current students or alumni of a Loyola School of Social Work program must submit:

  • Online Application Form: This form can be found here.
  • A Statement of Purpose
    Answer the following questions in a double-spaced, typed essay:
    • In which semester (include season and year) do you intend to begin the 722-Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Course? (fall, spring, or summer)
    • Although the School of Social Work will ultimately determine the term in which a CADC student enters their CADC internship, it is helpful to know your preference of a fall-start field placement or a summer-block field placement. Given the option, would you prefer to complete your CADC internship starting in the fall (3 days a week) or as a summer block placement (Mon-Fri)?
    • In 750 words or less, address the following points:
      • Discuss why you seek the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor credential; specifically address what leads you to study Substance Use Disorders.
      • Discuss how you intend to apply this knowledge and credential in your practice.
      • Discuss your viewpoint on harm reduction and abstinence-based treatment models.
  • Additional Requirements: Applicants must meet any other deadlines and requirements listed on this page.
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

If you have not attended Loyola's School of Social Work, you must submit:

    • A Completed Application Form
      We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

      Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
      820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
      Chicago, IL 60611

      Students who have already applied to a graduate or professional program at Loyola University Chicago should fill out the reapplication form.
    • Official Transcripts
      Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. Transcripts must indicate completion of a Master's degree and completion of 125 hours of generalist mental health education.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
      If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may mail them to:

      Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
      820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
      Chicago, IL 60611

      We ask that you submit no more than three letters of recommendation.; Recommendation letters can come from academic, professional or volunteer sources. One of each is recommended. If you graduated less than 5 years ago, at least one reference should be from an academic source.
    • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.
    • A Statement of Purpose
      Answer the following questions in a double-spaced, typed essay:
      • In which semester (include season and year) do you intend to begin the 722-Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Course? (fall, spring, or summer)
      • Although the School of Social Work will ultimately determine the term in which a CADC student enters their CADC internship, it is helpful to know your preference of a fall-start field placement or a summer-block field placement. Given the option, would you prefer to complete your CADC internship starting in the fall (3 days a week) or as a summer block placement (Mon–Fri)?
      • In 750 words or less, address the following points:
        • Discuss why you seek the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor credential; specifically address what leads you to study Substance Use Disorders.
        • Discuss how you intend to apply this knowledge and credential in your practice.
        • Discuss your viewpoint on harm reduction and abstinence-based treatment models.