The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling with Specialization in Drug and Alcohol Counseling (MSCC) program is designed for students who wish to prepare for careers in addiction counseling. Application here.
The program recognizes that drug and alcohol addiction and treatment are complex topics driven by an array of biological, genetic, neural, psychological, social, and cultural forces. The program will help students acquire information about assessment, psycho-pharmacology, evidence-based counseling methods, addiction theory, and professional practice.
Students will study various addictions and how they affect the mind, body, and emotions as well as diagnostic formulation, documentation procedures, treatment planning, and facilitation of individual and group sessions.
Students will gain basic knowledge about pharmacology, abnormal psychology, theories of addictions, and treatment options. Students will develop and practice counseling skills and learn how to evaluate treatment methods and techniques. Graduates will be prepared to pursue licensure.
To be considered for admission to the MSCC program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and should have obtained an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are recommended. Students with a GPA slightly below 3.0 who are returning to college with relevant work experience in a health or human services agency may be admitted if their applications contain sufficient evidence of their skills and ability to succeed in graduate work.
Prerequisites include 15 hours of coursework in psychology, including introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, and abnormal psychology with grades of at least a B-.
The program is specifically designed to help candidates master the background information needed to qualify for the Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor credential in the State of Indiana. In addition to direct service to clients, addictions counselors may become supervisors or administrators in their agencies, move into research or consulting, or go into private or group practice. Some may choose to pursue a doctoral degree to improve their chances for advancement.
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Drug and alcohol addictions remain one of the most vexing problems facing society. One in ten adults in the U.S. is currently addicted to alcohol or drugs and almost one-third of all adults will struggle with addictions at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, there exists a shortage of therapists who are prepared with graduate-level knowledge and skills in addictions treatment.
According the labor department figures, job prospects for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/substance-abuse-counselor/salary