Athletes, film stars, mothers, teenagers—addiction has many faces and can affect anyone, regardless of occupation, income level, race, or gender.

In fact, one in four Americans will have an alcohol or drug problem at some point in their lives.*

With Walden’s MS in Addiction Counseling program, you can gain the skills you need to offer guidance and treatment to people who struggle with addictive behaviors. The program focuses on ways to address substance abuse as well as addictive behavior exhibited through activities such as binge eating, pathological gambling, and hoarding. Through this online addiction counseling degree program, you can also learn how to work with dual-diagnosis clients who have both an addiction and a mental disorder.

Through Walden’s program, you can prepare to become a counselor with a specialization in addiction counseling and to qualify to sit for the Examination for Master Addictions Counselors (EMAC).Earning your master’s degree in addiction counseling can prepare you for a career in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, employee assistance programs, the juvenile justice system, drug courts, and private practice. Residencies and field experience opportunities help you gain hands-on practice in the field.

To help you achieve your goals and empower others, we are offering you a $7,500 Counseling Change-Maker Grant toward the cost of your tuition, to be applied over the course of 8 terms.

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2007, on the Internet at (viewed April 5, 2012).

Students who are pursuing licensure as a State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a state substance abuse counseling certification should verify individual state laws to determine if this program meets eligibility requirements for licensure and/or certification in the state in which they intend to practice. Designation as a Master Addictions Counselor requires the successful completion of the Examination for Master Addictions Counselors (EMAC), in addition to other requirements.

Students in the MS in Addiction Counseling program who plan to seek the Minnesota Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential must add the Family Studies and Interventions specialization to their program to meet specific MN academic requirements for licensure.

Students in the MS in Addiction Counseling program who plan to seek the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential will need to enroll in the Addictions General Program and ensure all required LADC content areas are covered in curriculum and during residency. Core content areas of the MN LADC are transdisciplinary foundations of alcohol and drug counseling, pharmacology of substance abuse disorders and the dynamics of addiction including medication-assisted therapy, professional and ethical responsibilities, multicultural aspects of chemical dependency, co-occurring disorders, and core functions in screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, reports and record keeping, and consultation with professionals regarding client treatment and services. Students also need to complete an additional 180 hours of field experience across the three terms of practicum and internship or add one additional field experience term to the existing three terms to meet the LADC requirement of 880 total hours of field experience.

As academic requirements may change, students seeking licensure are encouraged to check Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy licensing requirements on a regular basis.

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