The Addiction and Recovery Specialization explores substance use and related disorders from a multidimensional perspective. Rather than looking at “addicts” or people struggling with addiction from an oversimplified, one-size-fits-all approach, students gain insight into the biological, psychological, socio-cultural-political, and systemic etiology of addiction along with a variety of approaches to treatment. Training includes the ability to thoroughly assess, conceptualize, diagnose, and develop comprehensive treatment plans along with the skills required to deliver evidence-based, client-centered interventions with compassion and deep understanding for the complexity of addiction and recovery.
This is the newest specialization offered within MA in Clinical Psychology. It is a rigorous, cutting edge, graduate level program that has emerged in response to a growing demand for well-trained therapists who are able to effectively work with an ever-expanding population of illicit drug users and individuals struggling with other addictions. Given the chronic, progressive nature of addiction, in addition to learning traditional approaches, students explore the space that exists for innovative approaches amid shifting treatment paradigms. Coursework builds professional competency by providing tools and experiential learning opportunities that prepare students to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and insight to understand and respond effectively to those whose lives are impacted by addiction.
Specialization Courses (17 units)
- Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (3-units)
- Understanding and Treating Addiction: Biological Perspectives (3-units)
- Understanding and Treating Addiction: Psychological Perspectives (3-units)
- Understanding and Treating Addiction: Socio-Cultural-Political (SCP) Perspectives (3-units)
- Understanding and Treating Addiction: Systems Perspectives (2-units)
- A + R Electives (3 units)
Hours must be earned working with clients being treated for addictive disorders in an approved addiction treatment setting.
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.
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