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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 October 20

The link to the application is .  The link will become active 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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