Addiction Counseling

Addiction is a battle that cannot be fought alone. This specialization can prepare you to address the unique emotional challenges of individuals and families as they find their way to hope and healing. In addition to the various types of addictive behaviors, you’ll study contemporary treatment and intervention models used to promote recovery. You can gain the focused skills and insights to provide addiction counseling services to various clients in schools, businesses, community agencies, and other settings.

Completion Requirements

  • 100–106 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (80 cr.) 
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Field experience (9–15 cr.: Practicum: 100 hours; Internship: 600 hours)
  • Professional Development Plan, Licensure Plan 
  • 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks online with 4 days of face-to-face experience)
  • Group Lab (9 weeks online with 14 hours of live synchronous group)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.

Core Courses

The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each 11-week quarter, except for the first and ninth quarter, includes two concurrent 11-week courses.

Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 1 Course Code COUN 6101 Course Foundations for Graduate Study in Counseling Credits (1 cr.)
Quarter 1 Course Code COUN 6100 Course Introduction to Mental Health Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code COUN 6316 Course Techniques in Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code COUN 6722 Course Theories of Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code CPLB 601L Course Pre-Practicum 1 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code COUN 6306 Course Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code COUN 6723 Course Multicultural Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code COUN 6360 Course Assessment in Counseling and Education Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code COUN 6215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code COUN 6720 Course Diagnosis and Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code COUN 6250 Course Group Process and Dynamics Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code GRPL 6100 Course Group Lab Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code CPLB 602L Course Pre-Practicum 2 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code COUN 6626 Course Research Methodology and Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code COUN 6726 Course Couples and Family Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code COUN 6753 Course Career Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code COUN 6785 Course Social Change in Action: Prevention, Consultation, and Advocacy Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code COUN 6730 Course Counseling Addictive Disorders Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code COUN 6743 Course Psychopharmacology Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 9 Course Code COUN 6336 Course Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 9 Course Code COUN 6671 Course Counseling Practicum Credits (3–5 cr.)
Quarter 10 Course Code COUN 6682A Course Counseling Internship I Credits (3–5 cr.)
Quarter 11 Course Code COUN 6682B Course Counseling Internship II Credits (3–5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 10 Course Code COUN 6202 Course Theories, Treatment, and Case Management of Addiction Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 11 Course Code COUN 6204 Course Assessment in Counseling and Addiction Credits (5 cr.)

*You can focus on a general counseling area and complete your field experience before the Addiction Counseling courses, or focus on a specific area of Addiction Counseling and complete your field experience after your specialization coursework.

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