SUBSTANCE USE AND THE STATE OF THE WORKFORCE:
A 2013 study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that about half of all Black and Hispanic patients entering treatment from alcohol related issues did not complete treatment. One reason for this disparity could be the relative lack of high- quality, culturally- responsive services in the areas where the highest numbers of Blacks and Latinos live. For this reason culturally responsive behaviorally health services for Black individuals is recognized as a foundation to provide appropriate services. According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility. According to SAMHSA (2007) “The substance use disorders treatment workforce is primarily female, older, and White.” Moreover, many counselors are nearing retirement age and their characteristics are frequently different from the predominantly young, male, and minority clientele seeking services. The workforce implications of these statistics are simply staggering. In order to address these issues, the Black Addictions Counselor Education Program seeks to create access for Black individuals seeking Addictions credentials (Licensure and Education).
Prospective participant qualifications will be reviewed by the Director of the Black Addictions Counselor Education Program or designee. The application, letters of recommendation and personal interview are all considered for admission. All admission materials become the property of the Black Addictions Counselor Education Program and may not be returned to you or submitted to other parties for any other use. Admission to the Black Addictions Counselor Education Program is determined without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin. Individuals of color especially those who identify as Black or African American, are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying for a future program: Visit the application pages at the links below to apply now for consideration for the next enrollment period. Contact Della Blake, M.Ed. at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
2021 Application Deadline for Springfield and Boston: Open enrollment for Fall 2021 classes.
The 2020 Boston and Springfield classes are currently meeting together virtually due to COVID-19. The 2021 Boston and Springfield classes will begin in a virtual or live format in the fall of 2021, depending on the public health situation.
Applications are ongoing and placed on a waiting list for Springfield and Boston. Application to the Black Addictions Counselor Education consists of the following:
□ Part 3 – Participate in a Personal Interview.
Due to demand and a growing waiting list, there is limited space for this program. The program will give priority to individuals who submit complete applications with letters of recommendation promptly.
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: After a potential participant submits the application and two (2) letters of recommendation, an appointment will be scheduled with the Program Director. Acceptance decisions are made on an individual basis. As soon as decisions are made, candidates will be notified in writing.