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Pathway to LCADC and CCGC

Dual-licensed clinicians (LCADC/LCSW or LPC) will be the clinical leaders in NJ. The Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate program can help you earn your LCADC to become one of these exclusive professionals!

Beginning in 2020, clinicians graduating from the MSW/ACT program will meet the educational requirements for two licenses (LCADC, LCSW) and one certification (CCGC).  This program - the first of its kind nationwide - will train the future clinical leaders in NJ and can help you become one of these specialized and in-demand clinicians! 

The ACT program is the first program in the country to provide social workers with the educational training to qualify for accreditation as a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor (CCGC).  In New Jersey, that certification qualifies licensed clinicians to treat problem gamblers through a state-sponsored program administered by the Compulsive Gambling Council of New Jersey.  The training also meets the national standards set by the International Certification Board of the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington, D.C.


The Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate program provides:

  • All the required LCADC education hours in a 6-course curriculum
  • Training to qualify for accreditation as a CCGC
  • Convenient hybrid course format that reduces in-class hours to 4 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 (Posgrads employed at an NJSAMS agency may be able to apply their employment hours toward the experience hours required for the Certificate)
  • 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 master's or doctoral degree in a counseling/mental health discipline who wish to earn their LCADC
  • MSW students who wish to earn their LCADC education hours while taking the courses required for the MSW degree
  • Masters or doctoral students in other counseling disciplines wishing to earn their LCADC education hours while completing their degree

To apply

The ACT application for current students in the Traditional (on campus) MSW program will be open October 1-November 20.  Link to the application:

The ACT application for post grads will also be open October 1-November 20.  LInk to the post grad application:

Late applications will not be accepted.  Applicants will be notified of decisions within two weeks of the close of the application. 

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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