Continuing Education

'Opioids in Virginia'
Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Office of Continuing and Professional Education presents "Opioids in Virginia," an interactive presentation with the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling that is part of the 3rd Wednesdays FREE community series, in the Garden Room (off of the food court) at Regency Square, 1420 N. Parham Rd. An overview of the opiate epidemic in Virginia will be provided, along with a review of some of the changes happening to address the epidemic including increasing continuing education, and community and treatment resources. For more information, contact Jennifer Sisane at or (804) 827-1923, or visit to RSVP.

Continuing Education

Evidence-based Practice

VCU faculty and practitioners from our nationally recognized Department of Rehabilitation Counseling in the School of Allied Health Professions embed the latest translational research in program content so counselors can incorporate the most effective methods into their clinical practice. We also offer courses for professionals in the law enforcement, education and health care fields and for community members, that provide relevant and timely information. VCU currently ranks 4th among masters level rehabilitation and mental health training programs in the nation.

Each noncredit pathway meets the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Counseling educational requirements for certification as a substance abuse counselor. Many of our continuing education modules will be offered online to maximize ease of use and accessibility. Each module will be available for one week; you can participate anytime within that week. Modules consist of two 20-minute lectures/presentations; one application-based activity and an interactive discussion experience with your instructor and classmates. Modules are designed to provide 2.0 contact hours. Alternative formats may be utilized based upon instructional content and goals.

Face-to Face trainings may be offered particularly for skill development content, such as clinical supervision training and individual and group counseling. More information will be provided regarding these training options as they become available.

Pathway to Your Goals 

Do you want to be a Certified Addiction Counselor, provide face-to-face clinical supervision, or just take a course or two to incorporate the latest research into your clinical practice? Are you a professional in the law enforcement, education or health care field, and need the latest information on addiction and recovery to better serve your community?

Learn more about our options to help you meet your goal.

  • VCU Noncredit Certificate in Addiction Studies

    This noncredit certificate includes 240 contact hours, delivered through 2-hour modules in 13 content areas, with a minimum of 16 hours in each. It meets the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Counseling didactic training requirements for the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) by examination. VCU provides the required CSAC continuing education hours for successfully completing the program, and offers bundle pricing, group discounts, and flexible payment plans.

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    VCU will provide a noncredit record of completion, which is a required component of your paper application for the CSAC by examination with the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Counseling. You will also receive a noncredit certificate of completion.

    For detailed information about the CSAC by examination requirements, click here.