Both degree and substance abuse counseling certificate students are required to complete two semesters of internship (Co-op), with a minimum of 160 hours per semester. The purpose of the internship is to learn the 12 core functions of a substance abuse professional, therefore an internship site must be substance abuse specific with a Certified or Licensed Substance Abuse Professional providing supervision. The specific site is based on the students’ professional interests and current schedule. Faculty will assist the student in identifying possible locations, but it is the responsibility of the student to secure a site. The internship is generally done in the student’s last two semesters.
Once all minimum eligibility requirements have been met, the student is required to attend a mandatory internship information meeting in the semester prior to starting their internship.
Students also must be registered with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) prior to beginning internship. Perspective students should study the Board's website to familiarize themselves with state credentialing requirements for substance abuse counselors. In addition, students receive instruction on the Board and the registration process through the course of the program and will be assisted in the registration process by program faculty. Click here for the Board's "Administrative Rules": 21 NCAC 68 .0216 Background Investigation.
For current students, the mandatory internship meeting for those wishing to begin their internships in the Spring 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:00-2:00pm. Check back after fall classes begin for the meeting location.