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ACT

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

Application Information

There are different applications for ACT depending on your student status.  Please be sure you are using the correct application that matches your student status.

Incoming Advanced Standing Students
This application is for incoming students accepted to the Advanced Standing MSW Traditional program beginning this May.You must be in the Clinical specialization.
 
Current Students in the Traditional (on campus) MSW program
This application is for current students in the MSW Traditional program. You may be in the two, three, or four year MSW program. You must be in the Clinical specialization.
You may apply regardless of how far along you are in MSW program since ACT may be started as an MSW student and completed as a post grad.
Application deadline: March 15
 
Incoming Students beginning the Traditional (on campus) MSW program this Fall
This application is for new students beginnning the MSW Traditional program in Fall 2020. You may be in the two, three, or four year MSW program. You must intend to be in the Clinical specialization.
 
Post Grads
This application is for those who already hold a clinical Master's or Doctoral degree.
Application deadline: April 1
 
Note:  For MSW students, ACT is compatible with the traditional (on campus) program only; students must be in the clinical specialization.
 
Email questions to ACT@ssw.rutgers.edu

 

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