CADC-Eligible Training Program
Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work is accredited by 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 LUC SSW BSW, five-year, and MSW students, as well as non-degree seeking applicants with an advanced mental health degree.
All applicants (degree-seeking, external, and post-graduate) must submit their applications by the December 1st deadline each academic year. CADC applicants considered for admission must be available for on-campus interviews the week of the December 1st application deadline.
In addition to applying by December 1st, the following criteria apply to these 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 1st 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 1st 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 (last Summer 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.
For current or previous Loyola students:
- Reapplication form
- CADC Statement of Purpose
- Meet application deadlines and criteria described above
For external applicants (never attended Loyola):
*Must indicate completion of a Master's degree and completion of 125 hours of generalist mental health education.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program in detail, please contact
Enrollment Advisor, Danielle Pernini, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.915.7021.