Jan 28, 2021
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The focus of the MS in Addiction Counseling program is on the skills students need to support people who are dealing with substance abuse and addictive behaviors related to gambling, exercising, technology, and pornography. Coursework provides an overview of history, theories, and trends in the addiction counseling field. Students examine the factors that put individuals at risk for developing addictions, and they study how to treat addictions that may coexist with other mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. By analyzing various diagnostic and assessment tools, students learn best practices for conducting clinical evaluations to identify and address addictive disorders.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Develop a professional orientation and identity as a counselor.
- Effectively address the social and cultural diversity issues that impact the counseling process.
- Utilize the major counseling theories to develop an empirically based personal theoretical orientation that integrates theory and best practices.
- Apply theories and models of career development to related life factors which affect an individual’s lifestyle and mental health.
- Utilize major counseling theories to develop an empirically based personal theoretical orientation that integrates theory and best practices.
- Apply theoretical and experiential principles of group work to develop targeted interventions within group contexts.
- Evaluate and interpret individual and group assessment in a multicultural society.
- Utilize research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
- Demonstrate skills in applying principles of advocacy toward promoting cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
- Achieve personal growth and sustainability in the profession.
Students will also be able to:
- Apply sound ethical, legal, and business practices in the work of an addiction counselor.
- Implement counseling/prevention/intervention services related to addiction counseling.
- Promote diversity and advocacy as related to addiction counseling.
- Employ various assessment techniques to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse addiction clientele.
- Use evidence-based research literature to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse addiction clientele.
- Use diagnostic tools to diagnose addiction and other disorders in diverse clientele.
- 90 total credits for General Program (100 cr. with optional 10-credit specialization)
- Foundation course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (80 cr.)
- Optional specialization courses (10 cr.)
- Field experience (9 cr.: Practicum, 100 hours; Internship, 600 hours)
- Professional development plan, program of study, licensure plan
- 12 days of residency (two 6-day residencies)
Foundation Course (1 cr.)
Note on Requirements to Practice as an Addiction Counselor
Walden University’s MS in Addiction Counseling program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) which is a requirement to practice addiction counseling in some states. The MS in Addiction Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national and state addiction counseling certification exams, to sit for counseling licensure exams, and to practice as addiction counselors. Because no program can guarantee licensure or certification upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific requirements. However, each state board responsible for regulating the practice of addiction counseling has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an individual to practice as an addiction counselor in that state. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national and state certification exams and guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for counseling licensure and practice as an addiction counselor; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to certification exams and licensing requirements for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification or to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential.
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