Online Diploma in Addiction Counseling

SAPTA (Support for Addictions Prevention and Treatment in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya)

in Collaboration with

African Nazarene University (Nairobi, Kenya)


SAPTA College was founded with the key objective of promoting professionalism in the addiction field by providing educational programs for addiction counselors, capacity building for treatment centers and running evidence based substance used disorder treatment and  prevention programs.   SAPTA is an acronym for support for addictions preventions prevention and treatments in Africa. It is registered by the Kenyan Ministry of Education under Technical & Vocational Education and Training Authority (TIVETA) a tertiary institution to offer courses in chemical dependency of Addiction Counselling. SAPTA is one of the education providers for the Colombo Plan under the Drug Advisory Program (DAP) a Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) under its global initiative to train, expand and professionalize the drug demand reduction service. SAPTA has graduated over 400 students with Diploma in Addiction Counseling, mostly Kenyans with other countries represented including, Ethiopia, Somalia, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania and South Sudan.  SAPTA is the largest academic addiction counseling program in Africa.  SAPTA’s philosophy of addiction counseling education is based on an evidence based and integrated substance use and mental disorders approach that is trauma-informed.  SAPTA has extensive clinical experience working in Nairobi with a harm reduction approach to 3,500 people who inject drugs (heroin) as well as outpatient SUD and Mental Disorders counseling.


ANU is a private Christian university and an institution of the International Church of Nazarene, whose mission and vision follow the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The Church of the Nazarene sought to address the challenges witnessed in African society in the early 1980s through an institution of higher education. Due to the Kenya University’s Act of 1985 – provision for establishment of private universities in Kenya – the Church settled on Kenya as a viable location. On 8 October, 2002, the Kenyan government granted the University its Charter (Accreditation Credentials). ANU was the first private university to receive this credential under the University Act without being affiliated with any other university locally or abroad. The Charter was a great milestone indicating the University’s maturity in its management and academic standards. Starting off with three programs, the university now celebrates offering 36 programmes cutting across several disciplines. Our footprint has grown from one campus to two campuses that offer face-to-face learning together with a distance learning platform that increase our reach and accessibility across Africa and beyond.


On 26th March 2019, ANU and SAPTA signed and MOU to offer Diploma in addiction counselling and treatment using the ANU E-Naz plat form which is a platform for distance learning. The guiding principles of the MOU are among others to establish a mutually beneficial partnership between SAPTA and ANU that allows a flexible and creative response to the organizational, missions, and fiscal needs of both institutions. And collaboration in planning, implementation, and continuous improvement of SAPTA and ANU’s addiction related courses/ programs namely, the certificate and diploma courses in addiction counseling including the provision for faculty, staff, and administration, and curriculum development


The Diploma in Addiction Counseling course aimed at developing professional competencies in dealing with clients in recovery or clients with substance use disorders. The course is ideal for counselors and practitioners working  in treatment and rehabilitation centers, probation officers working in the criminal justice system, social workers, medical& health  practitioners, VCT counselors ,peer educator, teachers, spiritual leaders, general counselors, graduate Psychologists seeking to specialize in addiction counseling and anyone with an interest in learning more about addiction disorders and their management.


Distance Learning platform provides flexible study wherever you are. It is designed to accommodate individuals with career aspirations but have hectic schedules which cannot fit in the traditional modes of study.

Under distance learning;

The e-Naz platform

The e-Naz virtual learning environment is modeled around a web-based learning management system, electronic community and administrative sites for students and faculty. Besides hosting learning and teaching activities, the e-Naz facilitates interaction and collaboration between and among students, academic, administrative and technical staff.

The 24/7 accessibility to our virtual learning environment, e-Naz makes scheduling easy and allows a greater number of students from all over the world to attend classes online at their convenience. The ANU IODL E-Naz platform is hosted in Kansas City, USA with an uptime of 96%.

Benefits of Distance Learning at Africa Nazarene University, IODL

Units Covered

1st trimester

Personal Development for Addiction Counselors


Concepts and Principles of Addiction

Introduction to Psychology

Academic Writing

2nd Trimester

Theories of Psychological counseling

Skills Practice for Addiction Counselors

Ethical and legal Issues in Addiction Counseling

Human Growth & Development

Introduction to Christian Beliefs

3rd Trimester

Group Process and Facilitation

Psychopathology and Substance Use Disorders

Addiction Therapy (Counseling & Treatment)

Contextual Issues in Addiction Counseling

Psychological Testing & Assessment

4th Trimester

Clinical Practicum

Clinical Supervision: Theory & Practice

Trauma and Crises Counseling

Introduction to Research Methods

Family Studies in Addiction Therapy

Admission procedure

An applicant seeking admission shall submit a duly filled application form from SAPTA offices, attached with copies of their certificates and testimonials with $15 non-refundable application fee. Only those who will have complied with the requirements for admission will be admitted into the program through issuance of an admission letter.

Admission Criteria

Acceptance into the diploma programme requires that an applicant meets ANU-SAPTA’s admission criteria for a diploma programme, i.e. a candidate must have scored or is in possession of:

Financial information

The cost for the Diploma is as follows;

*Cost for therapy sessions not included in the fees*

*Students outside Africa pay 20% extra in tuition fees*

Graduation requirements

The student will only be cleared for graduation after fulfilment of the following requirements