College of Education2021-2022

Department of Educational Psychology

Culturally-Centered Addictions Research Training, Graduate Certificate

The Culturally-Centered Addictions Research Training (C-CART) graduate certificate prepares practicing clinicians and doctoral students at Northern Arizona University in disciplines such as counseling/school/clinical psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and interdisciplinary health, to work effectively as clinical researchers to address substance use/substance use disorders (SU/SUDs) within IDHC settings.

This 15-unit graduate certificate includes 9 units of core C-CART coursework designed to provide students with an understanding of working in an IDHC setting, and to gain addiction research knowledge and methodological competencies in various quantitative and qualitative research methods. The remaining 6 units comprise of a year-long research experience enabling students to become exposed to real-world primary care, behavioral health, and IDHC settings in rural and medically underserved areas. Students will learn to work with members of other disciplines in interprofessional teams, exploring culturally-centered evidence-based practices through case scenarios, problem-based learning, and the completion of a practice-based research project.

Web-Based and Community-Based Learning Environments. The NAU C-CART program will be delivered through hybrid synchronous and asynchronous web-based technologies and activities with learning strategies that are innovative and blended in two respects. First, there are multiple modalities for delivery of the research education curriculum including: 1) web-based, live, and blended interactive class sessions; 2) webinars (expanded live and video presentations of special topics up to 60 minutes in duration); and 3) research seminars and journal clubs. Second, research education and clinical/services research applications are blended within the NAU C-CART curriculum.
 

Careers

What Can I Do with a Certificate in Culturally-Centered Addictions Research Training?

The C-CART graduate certificate equips students who are in current graduate clinical doctoral health-related programs or practicing clinicians to acquire research skills to address substance use disorders within Interprofessional Diverse Health Care (IDHC) settings. Course content provides a platform for educational and research experiences for students who are involved in clinical or health services research.  

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Clinical Researcher in Integrative Behavioral Health Settings
  • Clinicians in Primary Care Settings
  • Integrated Behavioral Health Care Manager/Case Manager
  • Health Care Coordinator
  • Behavioral Health Care Customer Representative
  • Behavioral Health Provider

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Doctoral-level students and clinical practitioners can enhance professional development in the area of addictions research with diverse populations.


University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Research Individualized research is required.
Some online/blended coursework Required

Purpose Statement

The Culturally-Centered Addictions Research Training (C-CART) graduate certificate is a research and training program designed to educate graduate students and current clinical service providers with knowledge and research skills that include culturally-centered practices, related to Substance Use/Substance Use Disorders (SU/SUDs) which can be applied in interprofessional practice and diverse settings. There will be a central emphasis on research related to drug use (including opioids and other substance use disorders) that can be applied in interprofessional, and diverse health care settings (IDHC).  

It prepares practicing clinicians and current doctoral students at Northern Arizona University who are in disciplines such as counseling/school/clinical psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and interdisciplinary health to work effectively as clinical researchers to address substance use/substance use disorders (SU/SUDs) within IDHC settings.  Course content provides a platform for educational and research experiences for students who are interested in clinical or health services research in their academic and career development and will enhance professional development. 

The core coursework is designed to provide students with an understanding of working in an IDHC setting, and to gain addiction research knowledge and methodological competencies in various quantitative and qualitative research methods. Additionally, students will complete a year-long research experience enabling students to become exposed to real-world primary care, behavioral health, and IDHC settings in rural and medically underserved areas. Students will learn to work with members of other disciplines in interprofessional teams, exploring culturally-centered evidence-based practices through case scenarios, problem-based learning, and the completion of a practice-based research project.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing the IBHC C-CART Graduate Certificate, students will: 

  • Gain familiarity with the behavioral health consultant (BHC) model of behavior change and learn how to apply this model in various clinical setting.
  • Identify the biological, environmental, behavioral and social causes and consequences of drug use and addiction across the lifespan 
  • Advance new and improved health service research strategies to prevent drug use and its consequences while serving integrated interprofessional, diverse behavioral healthcare settings
  • Demonstrate understanding of this health-service research knowledge by conducting data analyses, interpreting findings, developing quantitative and qualitative research methods plans, and writing effective results narratives that provide a direct benefit to cooperating IBDHC agencies in which the students are placed. 
  • Identify new and improved treatments to help people with substance use/substance use disorders achieve and maintain a meaningful and sustained recovery
  • Advance important and innovative health services questions applied to in the context of the US healthcare system and health policy research

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required (www.nau.edu/graduateapply) for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Graduate-Admissions-Policy/.

    • Individual program admission requirements include:
  • C-CART Scholars will be required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • Enrolled or accepted into a doctoral degree program in one of the following areas:
      • Doctor of Occupational Therapy,
      • PhD in Combined Counseling/School Psychology
      • PsyD in Clinical Psychology
      • PhD in Interdisciplinary Health 
      • Doctorate in Physical Therapy (Phase II)
    • An employee of a Community Partner organization with an earned doctoral degree in applied psychology, public health, behavioral health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, or a related health or human services field.  
    • Demonstrate commitment to a career that emphasizes clinical or services research in the fields of behavioral health with a special emphasis on addictions; and
    • Intend to remain enrolled in the C-CART Graduate Certificate for all five semesters and attend two local/national/state conferences in the area of addictions.
Certificate Requirements
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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