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Pathway to LCADC

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

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 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 masters or doctorate 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

Application Information

The ACT application is part of a common Certificates application which will be open September 1 through Ocotber 20. The link to the application will be available HERE on September 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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