Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC)

DARC Certificate

Want to specialize in addictions counseling?

The certificate program consisting of 30 credits  is ideal for individuals who wish to enter the workforce as addictions counselors or those with advanced degrees seeking specialization in addiction counseling. It satisfies the education and training requirements to sit for the Connecticut Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) exam.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Students who complete the DARC Certificate meet the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) 300 hours of education/training and 300 hours of supervised practicum in preparation towards becoming credentialed as a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC).
  • Additional hours of paid direct work experience are required to meet the supervised work expereince requirements for Provisional or Standard Certification as an Addictions Counselor by the State of Connecticut.
  • Students are hired by substance abuse treatment agencies with the DARC degree alone.
  • The internship (DAR H251 and DAR H252) is by application and approval of the DARC Coordinator only.
    • Acceptance into the internship is selective, through an application process.
    • Interested applicants must have completed the following courses with a C or better (DAR H101, DAR H111, DARH112, and DAR H158)
  • Interested applicants must complete a formal application and participate in the screening/interview process which occurs during the spring semester.
  • Students accepted into the internship complete DAR H251 and DAR H252 in consecutive fall (DAR H251) and spring (DAR H252) semesters.
Certificate Program Requirements and Outcomes
The catalog information normally displayed here is being updated. Please reference the Drug And Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) section in the pdf version of the college catalog at this time. Thank you.
Program Coordinator
Sandra Valente
203-596-8655 (p)
Room: K608