According to The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board, the practice of a certified substance abuse counselor consists of the Twelve Core Functions, including screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, report and record keeping, consultation with other professionals in regard to client treatment and services, and referral to treat addictive disorder or disease and help prevent relapse. Ms. Beverly Cates and Ms. Loretta Ebison will be the instructors for this online program.

Beaufort Co. counselor program aims to reduce substance abuse

Section 1: Intake and Assessment

  • Module 1: Introduction to Substance and Certification
  • Module 2: Basic Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Knowledge
  • Module 3: Screening, Intake, Orientation, and Assessment
  • Module 4: Case Management, Treatment Planning, Reporting, and Record keeping

Section 2: Understanding Addiction / Basic Pharmacology

  • Module 1: Ethics, Legal Issues, and Confidentiality
  • Module 2: Special Populations
  • Module 3: Physiology, Pharmacology, and Other Drugs that Include the Licit and Illicit Drugs, Inhalants, and Nicotine
  • Module 4: Psychological, Emotional, Personality, and Developmental Issues

Section 3: Intervention, Prevention, and Client Services

  • Module 1: Individual, Group, and Family Counseling with Intervention Techniques
  • Module 2: Crisis Intervention Skills
  • Module 3: Prevention and Education
  • Module 4: Consultation, Referral, and Networking that Utilizes Community Resources

Section 4: Group Process and Certificate Preparation

  • Module 1: Traditions and Philosophies of 12-Step and other Recovery Support Groups
  • Module 2: Nicotine Dependency
  • Module 3: Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Module 4: Certification Preparation

There will be some required visits to the BCCC campus for class as well as visits to local 12-Step program meetings.

The mode of delivery for the program is via Blackboard. All students are required to have a working computer available, internet access, and some knowledge of Blackboard in order to be eligible for the class.

Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Note: Course fees for the Substance Abuse Program only satisfy those of Beaufort County Community College and not those required by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Completion of this program does not satisfy all of the requirements to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in part because it does not include the necessary Practicum. Information involving the NCSAPPB requirements for an individual to become a North Carolina Certified Substance Abuse Counselor can be found within the “Credentialing Procedures Manual” found on the NCSAPPB website.

Returning fall of 2017.

$180 registration fee and $5 technology fee


Minimum high school diploma/GED (transcript)


(BCCC Bookstore Pricing)

Lewis, Judith A., Dana, Robert Q., & Blevins, Gregory A.
Substance Abuse Counseling, 5th edition
ISBN: 978-1-285-45437-5

Doweiko, Harold E (2015)
Concepts of Chemical Dependency
. 9th Edition.
ISBN: 978-1-285-45513-6

Neukrug, Edward S. (2016)
An Introduction to the Counseling profession. 5thEdition.

ISBN: 13: 978-1-305-08729-3


This program is currently approved for the BCCC Continuing Education Foundation and Golden Leaf scholarships. It is awaiting approval for the State Employees Credit Union scholarship and NCWorks funding.


BCCC does not have the authority to credential individuals, that authority is held only by the NCSAPPB.

The State develops, grants, controls, and handles the credentialing for substance abuse counselors and professionals through regulations to protect those within the public.

The Substance Abuse Counselor program at BCCC satisfies only the educational training within the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) certification. In order to gain the credential, individuals must satisfy ALL of the NCSAPPB requirements.

For more general information regarding the program and to learn more about the registration process involving the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board visit the link below.

Also, to learn more about the Practicum hours that you will need outside of this program visit the link below.

Students will need to successfully complete a minimum of 270 hours of the course (attendance and assignment completion) with a minimum score of 70% to gain credit for the program and receive a certificate of completion.

NCSAPPB Credentialing Procedures Manual

It is the responsibility of the student to satisfy the requirements of the NCSAPPB in accordance to the certification that they are pursuing.


Pay in person at the front desk of building 8, by phone at the front desk at (252) 940-6375, by phone with the director at (252) 940-6262, or by mail to the information below.

Beaufort County Community College
Attn: Continuing Education Registration and Records Department
5337 U.S. Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

BCCC accepts Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards.


Students must officially withdraw from class prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Students must officially withdraw from class prior to the official 10% point to receive a 75% refund. Students who withdraw after the official 10% point will not receive a refund.

Registration fees for self-supporting classes are non-refundable once the class begins (contact Justin Rose with any refund questions).


Justin Rose
Director of Industry Training
BCCC, Building 8, Room 808C
Phone: 252.940.6262
Fax: 252.940.6254