BACE FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Where are the classes offered?

The virtual training component is 10 months.  The 2020 – 2021 program is currently active virtually. Normally these classes meet on college campuses in Boston and Springfield, but due to COVID-19, they are meeting virtually by live videoconference.

The fall 2020-spring 2021 cohort, meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 9:30 pm and every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Decisions about the fall 2021-spring 2022 classes will be made based upon the public health situation at that time.

When should I begin the application process?

We are accepting applications now for the fall 2021-spring 2022 cohort. Classes begin in the fall of 2021. Visit the BACE Application page to apply now. A decision will be made prior to program start about whether the programs will be made in person or by videoconference, based on the COVID-19 situation at that time.

Watch this website for updates, or contact Della Blake, M.Ed. at drblake@bace-aei.org with questions.

When are interviews conducted?

Interviews are conducted as part of the application process, prior to admission to the program. Space in the program is limited. Applicants will be invited to interview after their application is reviewed.

When do the classes meet?

For 10 months, classes meet every Wednesday from 5:00 – 9:30 pm and one Saturday each month from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The next cycle is expected to take place in the fall of 2021. Please check the website for updates.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in 10 months. That said, we continue to work with participants and graduates to help with written exam applications and other professional development needs.

If I’ve already taken a course in Addictions at another training program or institution, can I receive credit for it?

We can only give you credit for the classes that you attend.  Trainings and/or classes that you take elsewhere might be used for licensure or certification, but that determination will be made by the credentialing body.  The program will provide you more guidance in this regard.

Will I be certified upon completion of the Addiction Counselor Education Program?

You will not be certified or licensed upon completion of the program. You will have obtained a Certificate with Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) upon completing all the requirements of the program. That said, upon completion, you will be eligible to apply to the Licensing Unit of the Commonwealth of Mass, Dept. of Public Health-Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and/or to the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification to take the Written Exam. Once you have passed the exam, you will then be required to have a minimum amount of work experience before being fully credentialed. You will be considered Registered with the Board. Additional information regarding Licensing and Certification processes and requirements will be given during the program.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Della R. Blake, M.Ed.

drblake@bace-aei.org