The program requires 36 credit hours, typically completed over four semesters based on three courses each semester. It consists of two components, didactic classroom instruction (27 credit hours) and "in the field" counseling experience (9 credit hours).
The field training component will pair students with seasoned professionals who will mentor them in all aspects of counseling substance abusers. Field training exposes students to the practice of the core counselor functions including screening, intake, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, and record keeping.
Coursework is heavily concentrated in psychology and counseling disciplines for both core courses and electives. The classroom instruction will provide students with a basic understanding of many of the forces that drive an addiction, an array of drug and alcohol treatment procedures, theories of drug use and abuse, the addictions process and its mental health connections, pharmacology, core counselor functions, strategies for addressing addiction, and eithical considerations.
Psy-P535 Introduction to Addictions Counseling
Psy-P624 Principles of Psychopathology
Psy-P556 Group and Family Counseling
Psy-I501 Multicultural Counseling
Psy-P538 Professional Issues in Addictions Counseling
Psy-P662 Advanced Lifespan Development
Psy-Pxxx Advanced Counseling Skills and Clinical Problems
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