Advanced AOD (SW)

The Advanced AOD is a Program of Study. You must be accepted first to the Crown Family School's Social Work and Social Welfare (SW) program and then by the Program of Study. Crown Family School students apply to Programs of Study during their first year.


The Crown Family School is an Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) Accredited Advanced AOD Counselor Training Program (ATP). The program is open only to second-year Crown Family School master’s students in the clinical concentration. Students who complete the AOD ATP receive the education and supervised practice allowing them to take the Illinois Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) exam after graduation.

The AOD ATP Program of Study is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to provide services to clients who abuse alcohol and other drugs. The training program addresses treatment approaches in addiction and non-addiction settings. Further, AOD ATP students learn how to treat substance abuse in specific populations such as individuals with dual disorders, older adults, women, and adolescents.



The coursework for the AOD ATP fits into the larger clinical concentration framework. The program emphasizes theories of substance abuse and social work. Students take clinical intervention courses focusing on the substance abuse aspects of social work direct practice. Other key courses address psychotherapy for the chronically distressed and substance abuse in children.

The curriculum provides a knowledge base and training foundation that assists students to understand clients whose emotional and behavioral problems are complicated by their substance use. The curriculum’s emphasis on client-centered interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, and its orientation around gradual, non-shaming approaches to substance abuse assessment and treatment, is an invaluable set of tools for a student who wishes to pursue a career in social work.


Field Placement

Students in the AOD ATP have field placement opportunities in:

  • outpatient and inpatient substance abuse,
  • youth addiction,
  • hospital-based chemical dependency,
  • veterans administration, and
  • criminal justice settings and prevention programs.
  • Programs serving people who are homeless or who have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems.


Career Opportunities

Students who complete the program primarily build careers in direct practice settings and some lead in training and supervisory positions. Others conduct research in government or non-profit settings. Some examples of practice settings include: Addictions treatment and prevention; Senior service centers and integrated primary care and behavioral health settings; Service to veterans and military; Youth, criminal and juvenile justice; Homeless populations; Co-occurring disorders; Mental health; and Employee assistance programs.


Gabriela Zapata-Alma LCSW CADC

NOTE: While some of the required courses may be offered in the evening, no Program of Study can be completed entirely through evening courses and fieldwork.