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Pathway to LCADC

Dual-licensed clinicians (LCADC / LCSW or LPC) will be the clinical leaders in NJ.  Fulfill the LCSW & LCADC educational requirements and receive supervised internship hours while earning your MSW or the LCADC educational hours as a postgraduate. 

The Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate program provides:

  • All the required LCADC education hours in a 6-course curriculum
  • Convenient hybrid course format that reduces in-class hours to 4 or 5 days per semester
  • Courses on Fridays in New Brunswick and Saturdays in Camden and Newark
  • All the required supervised field hours in a DMHAS-approved treatment organization
  • Preparation for the application process and licensing exams
  • Individualized advising and specialized workshops
  • Mentorship from dual-credentialed clinicians and other addiction professionals

Who can apply?

  • Clinicians with a masters or doctorate in a counseling/mental health discipline who wish to earn their LCADC
  • Incoming MSW students who wish to earn their LCADC education hours while taking the courses required for the MSW degree
  • Incoming masters or doctoral students in other counseling disciplines wishing to earn their LCADC education hours while completing their degree

Application Information

The ACT application is part of a common Certificates application.  Through one application, you can apply to the ACT, Aging & Health, and Violence Against Women and Children Certificate programs. (Certificate program Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-being is not accepting applicants this spring.)

The application opens February 15 and the link to the application is .

Application Deadlines:

For current MSW students in the Traditional (on campus) MSW program - MARCH 1

For Advanced Standing students beginning the Traditional (on campus) MSW program in May - APRIL 1

For Postgrads (those who already hold an advanced clinical degree) - APRIL 1

For new students beginning the Traditional (on campus) MSW program in the Fall - MAY 1


If you have questions about whether you are eligible to apply to ACT, please email

Note:  For MSW students, ACT is compatible with the traditional (on campus) program only; students must be in the clinical specialization.


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