Be the help your community needs.
The Addiction Counseling Concentration (ACC) prepares you to feel competent in assessing and treating addiction in a variety of settings. The provision of integrated mental health and addiction treatment services are vital to communities. The ACC has been created to meet the Washington State Department of Health education requirements for the alternative training track to become a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP). The Addictions Counseling Concentration curriculum is based on the most current neuroscience of addiction, attachment injury, and trauma, as well as cutting edge techniques to address these issues, provided by the leaders in the field. The ACC also includes learning experiences designed to expand awareness of the larger socioeconomic and political issues connected to treating addiction. Get started in helping your community today and begin your journey to becoming a chemical dependency professional (CDP).
This degree is offered by AU Seattle.
The Addiction Counseling Concentration covers the WA State DOH required topic areas, to become a CDP via the “alternative training track”. This is a graduate level concentration and therefore the course material and learning experiences are advanced and address the complexity of treating addiction, as well as treating addiction and other mental health issues. There are many approaches to treating addiction, and it is the purpose of the ACC to enable students to feel confident and competent working in a variety of settings using a variety of techniques and approaches. The curriculum is heavily influenced by family systems theories allowing students to be effective in working with couples, families, children, and adolescents touched by addiction. The concentration is 15 credits.
The Addiction Counseling Concentration is combined with the MA in Counseling with Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree. The degree offers you comprehensive clinical training for a career as a licensed mental health counselor. With a focus on developing multicultural counseling competencies, you accomplish these goals through a combination of required coursework, electives and a supervised internship. The concentration combines online and in classroom time to allow for the flexibility and convenience of completing course work using digital resources, as well as benefiting from the face-to-face interaction of in classroom instruction and peer discussion.
Core Addiction Counseling Courses:
- Survey of Addiction: Intro to Addiction Counseling Fundamentals: 3 credits offered as all classroom or online hybrid
- Physiology and Pharmacology in Addiction Counseling: 3credits offered as all online course
- Advanced Theory and Practice in Addiction Counseling: 3 credits offered as online hybrid
- Advanced Assessment, Ethics, and Case Management in Addiction Counseling: 3 credits offered as online hybrid
- Advanced Clinical Skills in Addiction Counseling: 3 credits offered as all classroom
“Survey of Addiction” must be taken before any other courses. Once you have completed “Survey of Addiction”, you can complete the other courses in whatever order you would like.
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUS catalog.
Community mental health agencies, For-Profit and Non-Profit treatment centers, hospitals, schools, and other community organizations need dually credentialed providers. The alternative training track approved by the WA State DOH is now available to licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists, and other specific professions. The alternative training track significantly reduces the education requirements and work experience needed to become a CDP, for certain advanced degree professionals. You may complete the CDP education requirements and work experience hours before you are licensed as and LMHC or LMFT, and then submit your CDP application documenting your completed coursework and experience hours once you have obtained your LMHC or LMFT. Being a dually credentialed provider affords you the ability to provide a wider range of services and more effective services to clients. In some settings, dually credentialed providers receive increased compensation.
For more detailed information on the requirements for obtaining a CDP via the alternative training track please visit: doh.wa.gov.
How to apply
- Completed the online admissions application.
- A Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities you have attended to the Admissions Office. Transcript evaluations are required for all coursework completed outside of the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec). See Transcript Evaluation section on International Students webpage for details.
- One recommendation is required. Your recommender must be someone who can best assess your capabilities and readiness to enter a graduate clinical training program. These include academic instructors that you may have had in college or professionals who have observed your work in an evaluator and/or supervisory role to you. Ideal recommenders can speak to your work in a helping role with people in a mental health, social service or educational setting.
- Admission Essay. 500-word statement describing your interest in applying for the sexuality educator certificate at Antioch University. Include discussion about why you believe you will be a good fit as a sexuality educator and how this area of learning would benefit you in your professional goals.
- CV/ Resume
- Select applicants may be invited to participate in a group interview with faculty.
All admission application supporting materials, transcripts, essays, etcetera, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the:
Antioch University Seattle
2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121
Application Deadlines - MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Addiction Counseling
|Spring 2020||March 1, 2020||April 6, 2020|
|Summer 2020||June 1, 2020||July 6, 2020|
|Fall 2020||September 1, 2020||October 5, 2020|
|* Complete applications received after the Deadline date may be considered if space is still available in that quarter or will be reviewed for the next available term.|
|Cost per Credit||Total certificate Credits||Total Tuition
|*Quarterly Student Service and Technology fees included in the calculation. See below for more information on each fee.
**This information is provided as an estimate of total tuition for each program based on the total number of required credits to complete the degree, and does not include the required Student Services and Technology fees.
If you are interested in becoming dually credentialed in Washington State as an LMHC or LMFT and a Chemical Dependency Professional, please contact admissions to learn more about how to apply to these programs.