Become a Student

Learn how you can become a student at MTS by requesting information from the Admissions Department.



“The writing and research that was required in the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling program helped me write a grant application to the city of Memphis so that the Hospitality Hub,  a hospitality and resource center for homeless persons in downtown Memphis, could expand a fledgling jobs program for homeless people This work is effectively helping people to permanently exit homelessness.”

Kelcey D. Johnson

Associate Director, Hospitality Hub

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling Certificate Program

This certificate program aspires to prepare Christians to offer competent counseling services to individuals, families, and groups who struggle with the effects of Substance Use Disorders. The program offers the number of educational hours that the Tennessee State Board of Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Counselors requires for licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC). Mississippi and Arkansas are ICRC states, which means they have an Addiction Certification and our courses should meet these standards for certification. This is a one year program where students who complete all six courses receive the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling Studies.

The Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling (DAAC) program is a cohort style program which will include 3 sessions beginning with a mandatory orientation.  Each session consists of 2 classes both in the evenings for 10 weeks.  All classes meet on the main campus in Memphis.

Application Deadline August 19

Download Application and submit to the Admissions Department by August 19. Orientation is on August 26 with classes beginning on September 2.

2016-2017 DAAC Schedule

August 26, 2016; 10 am-12 pm.
A two hour meeting with prospective/enrolled students in which they are made familiar with the (a) overall aim of the program, (b) the content of the program, (c) MTS policies regarding grades and attendance, (d) our expectations of their computer skills.

Session 1
Begins: September 2, 2016
Ends: November 12, 2016

INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING (Dr. Jerry Harber, D.Min.,LMFT, LPC/MHSP – Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care, Professor)
Introduction to the nature of substance abuse treatment including (a) and overview of the Eight Domains, (b) certain terms and definitions, including: substance use versus abuse as found in the DSM-5 language, (c) the stages of use, the stages of recovery, (d) recovery and spirituality, (e) selected theories of addiction, (f) fundamentals of substance abuse counseling, including certain skills, Seven Core Therapeutic Conditions, MI and MET.

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS (Dr. Don Thomas, DMin, EdM, LPC/MHSP, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care)
Introduction to (a) the nature of common mental health disorders that co-occur with substance abuse, and (b) common approaches to evaluating persons for these disorders, as well as common management strategies in agency settings.

Session 2
Begins: January 6, 2017
Ends: March 18, 2017

SPECIAL TOPICS IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT (Dr. Jerry Harber, D.Min., LMFT, LPC/MHSP – Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care)
An introduction to the use of (a) Cognitive Theories of treatment, (b) Crisis Counseling and suicide intervention theory, and (c) certain marriage and family theories, such as, General Systems Theory as it applies to Families, The Family Disease Model, and Bowen’s Theory of Family Systems. Most students will need to continue their education in these areas in order to develop proficiency necessary to function at a professional level.

Domains of Substance Abuse Treatment – Part One (Ms. Michele Squires, MS, LADAC, NCAC 1, Instructor)
An introduction to the Eight Domains of Addiction Counseling and the counseling skills needed for each domain. A specific emphasis on the first four domains including: Intake/Screening, Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Documentation.

Session 3
Begins: March 31, 2017
Ends: June 24, 2017
(No Classes May 12-13; Seniors “Walk” at Graduation May 13th)

Domains of Substance Abuse Treatment – Part Two (Ms. Michele Squires, MS, LADAC, NCAC 1, Instructor)
A continuation of the Eight Domains of Addiction Counseling and the counseling skills needed for each domain. A specific emphasis on the domains of Case Management, Referral, Continuing Care/Discharge,  and Ethics.

To include; (a) Ethics in counseling, (b) treating special populations, (c) developing the philosophy of treatment, (d) application preparation, (e) testing preparation.


Memphis Theological Seminary completed the rigorous process of obtaining recognition by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) as an Approved Academic Education Provider (provider #AP-020).

Ms. Shirley Beckett Mikell, Director of Certification and Education for NAADAC, observes that MTS is one of only twenty academic institutions in the United States that “hold the distinction of NAADAC recognition as an Approved Academic Education Provider.”

Courses offered by NAADAC Approved Education Providers meet the requirements of the National Certification Commission for applicants seeking initial certification as addiction counselors, or those re-certifying.  In addition, many states automatically accept training hours from NAADAC Approved Education Providers towards state certification or re-certification requirements.

Adriane Alexander

Adriane Alexander

Admissions Associate

 Adriane has had a vibrant career in admissions for over ten years. Serving and placing students is her highest priority. She is passionate about her faith, family and encouraging others. Adriane is a native Memphian, with several ties to the community. She grew up just blocks away from MTS..

Contact Adriane:

Rev. Byron Forester

Rev. Byron Forester

Admissions Associate

 Byron is a graduate of Bethel College (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of the Newbern, TN Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Roellen, TN Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Byron spends Monday mornings as a volunteer at Manna House, a place of hospitality for poor and unsheltered people, He and wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.

Contact Byron: