Addictions and Mental Health Treatment Certification

Earning a Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health Treatment is an excellent choice for college graduates who wish to transition into a new career field. Addictions and Mental Health Treatment is a dynamic and growing field with an increasing need for qualified, professional employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder professionals is projected to increase by 31 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate much higher than the average for all occupations. 

AMH 201 Foundations of Chemical Dependency

AMH 202 Origins of Mental Illness
AMH 204 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
AMH 303 Counseling Techniques I
AMH 310 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
AMH ___ Elective*
AMH ___ Elective*

* For a complete list of the many Addictions and Mental Health Treatment Elective courses offered, please see the most recent Alvernia Course Catalog.

In addition to academic quality, the Addictions and Mental Health Treatment Certificate Program’s commitment to excellence is exemplified through the credentials, dedication and enthusiasm of its faculty. They are not only excellent teachers, but also practicing professionals who stay current with changes in the behavioral healthcare field. Students gain both knowledge and skills for the most up-to-date issues and practices as they prepare to enter the workplace upon graduation.

Career Success

Graduates of Alvernia’s Addictions and Mental Heath Treatment Certificate Program find employment in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, hospitals, corporate employee assistance programs, prevention and intervention centers, and other social agencies. The program maintains an excellent employment placement rate. The Career Services Office can provide assistance with resume preparation, interviewing and job searches.

Career Opportunities

  • Addictions
  • Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Children and Youth
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Hospitals
  • Corporate EAP's
  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Medication Assisted Treatment


All courses are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), the foremost drug and alcohol credentialing organization in Pennsylvania.

Coursework from the Addictions and Mental Health Treatment program can be used to fulfill Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements for certification and re-certification of addiction counselors. Students from outside Pennsylvania should contact the Chemical Abuse Certification board in their state for information about requirements and the certification process.

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