Substance abuse and addiction are unfortunately common problems in today’s society. Fortunately, with increased awareness of these pressing issues, more individuals are seeking help to overcome the mental hurdles needed to revert back to a healthy lifestyle. This Clinical Mental Health concentration is not only beneficial to your career, it will make a direct and immediate impact on the individuals, families, and communities affected by substance abuse. Become a highly specialized counselor and help those affected by substance abuse live healthier, happier lives.
This degree is offered by AU New England
In the Substance Abuse Counseling concentration, the first two semesters of your 60-credit program will be the same as the basic Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. During the next three semesters, you will complete specific coursework in substance abuse/addictions counseling. Students in this concentration must also complete an internship in a substance abuse or addictions-focused setting and participate in a supervision group oriented to substance abuse and addictions counseling. The wide variety of placements for students may include: high school student assistance programs, residential placements, in-patient addictions units, community mental health centers, and prisons.
Graduates will meet the academic requirements for licensure as clinical mental health counselors in most states, as well as the academic requirements for certification and licensure as alcohol and drug counselors in most states which have such certification or licensure.
Fall Semester I
- Group Approaches to Counseling
- Professional Orientation & Ethics (online)
Spring Semester I
- Counseling Theories
- Career and Lifestyle
- Human Development (online)
Summer Semester I
- Social & Cultural Diversity (online)
- Psychopharmacology (online)
Fall Semester II
- Family Counseling for Addiction
- Integrative Approaches to Addiction
- Psychopathology (online)
- Practicum in CMHC (100 hrs. in field minimum)
Spring Semester II
- Crisis & Trauma Counseling
- Issues in Addiction and Recovering
- Research & Evaluation (online)
- Internship I in CMHC (300 hrs. minimum in field)
Fall Semester III
- Internship II in CMHC (300 hrs. minimum in field)
Spring Semester III
- Internship III in CMHC (300 hrs. in field or hours needed to complete state licensure requirements)
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