Addictions Practitioner

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Addictions Practitioner


  • Addictions Practitioner

Sheridan College
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Degree Options: Certificate 


Certified Addictions Practitioner Assistants practice addictions treatment, prevention, intervention and diagnosis with patients who have addiction problems. Assistants also refer and follow-up with patients under the supervision of qualified clinical supervisors licensed in the state of Wyoming. NWCCD’s Addictions Practitioner Certificate of Completion at Sheridan College will help you prepare for a career in this important field of helping others, teaching you how to assess addictive behaviors, analyze counseling theories and design interventions.


Industry Outlook

Certified Addictions Practitioner Assistants are in high demand across the U.S., in addition to related careers, including addiction counselors, addiction nurses, addiction psychiatrists and more. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 81,000 new jobs will be added to the related field of Social and Human Service Assistants, an increase of 22%, from 2012-2022.


Careers and Opportunities

Addiction Practitioners assess addictive behaviors in humans across diverse situations, analyze counseling theories, skills and ethics, and design interventions of substance abuse. Earning NWCCD’s Addictions Practitioner Certificate will prepare you for a career in the substance abuse and mental health career field, including:


  • Addictions Practitioner Assistant
  • Addiction Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor Assistant
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Assistant, Specialist or Counselor
  • Drug Court Substance Abuse Counselor

Research additional employment information by viewing this program’s gainful employment page.


NWCCD’s Addictions Practitioner Certificate will help you launch your career in human services.


Our Program

Our NWCCD Addictions Practitioner Certificate at Sheridan College will provide you the broad knowledge of counseling, addiction behaviors, ethics and more, preparing you for a career in human services. The program meets the academic criteria for you to apply for either the Certified Addiction Practitioner Assistant (CAPA), or if you possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher, to apply for the Certified Addiction Practitioner (CAP) certification through the state of Wyoming’s Mental Health Professions Licensing Board. To learn more, please download and and read the applying for a certified addiction practitioner license document.


Courses in this program will provide you with the foundational academic and practical skills within the substance abuse treatment field to compete for entry-level positions. Many students, including recent high school graduates, veterans, working adults, retirees seeking a second career specialty and current social and human service professionals who desire supplemental credentials enroll in NWCCD’s Addictions Practitioner Certificate program at Sheridan College.


Our program will also prepare you to work in counseling, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, rehabilitation, criminal justice, community service or related human service fields. Courses are available for current Certified Addictions Practitioner to receive Continuing Education credits.


After graduation, many students earn entry-level positions in the addiction profession or transfer to pursue higher education in related fields, such as counseling or psychology.



Faculty and Community

Our NWCCD Addictions Practitioner faculty are helpful, dedicated and knowledgeable, ready to guide you through the curriculum to achieve your goals of helping others.


NWCCD’s faculty in the Human Services and Social Science programs have established networks among many agencies in the community and regularly attend the Council of Social Agencies meetings. These relationships have created partnerships for practicum placement and service learning opportunities for students.

Addiction Counselor Licensing Requirements Resources



Want to learn how an Addictions Practitioner Certificate from NWCCD can enhance your career?

Meet Our Faculty


Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) is a multi-campus community college serving Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson Counties.

Sheridan College

1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307-675-0505
Phone: 888-675-0505

Gillette College

300 West Sinclair
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-681-6000
Phone: 888-681-6070