Addictions Counseling

Major: Addictions Counseling
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.5
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 21-1011

About the Program

The Master of Science in Addictions Counseling is an online program consisting of a 45.5-quarter credit curriculum (51.5 with practicum supervision) that meets the educational requirements for Certification as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the state of Pennsylvania. The curriculum covers the knowledge, theory, and skill development areas as suggested by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and TAP 21.

Students will gain competence in best treatment practices related to substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral disorders including assessment, motivational interviewing, recovery and relapse prevention, cultural diversity, and family systems theory.  For students interested in a clinical practicum experience, the program offers clinical supervision as an optional component. Some, but not all states, require a practicum experience as a prerequisite to licensure or certification.

Additional Information

For more information, go to the Counseling and Family Therapy Department's web page on the College of Nursing and Health Professions website.

Admission Requirements

The following minimum criteria determine an applicant’s eligibility for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Academic transcripts(s)
  • Focused Personal Essay:
  • Reason for applying to the program
  • How the program mission fits with their professional goals
  • No GRE test scores
  • Professional Resume

Degree Requirements

BACS 532Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling4.0
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 516Behavioral/Process Addictions4.0
CFTP 517Addictions in The Family4.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
Total Credits45.5

Sample Plan of Study

Full-time Plan of Study With Practicum Supervision

Term 1Credits
BACS 532Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling4.0
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
BACS 541Addictions Practicum Supervision2.0
CFTP 517Addictions in The Family4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BACS 541Addictions Practicum Supervision2.0
BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
 Term Credits16.5
Term 3
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 541Addictions Practicum Supervision2.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
CFTP 516Behavioral/Process Addictions4.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 51.5

Full-time Plan of Study Without Optional Practicum Supervision

Term 1Credits
BACS 532Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling4.0
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
CFTP 517Addictions in The Family4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
 Term Credits14.5
Term 3
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
CFTP 516Behavioral/Process Addictions4.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 4
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.5

 Part-time Plan of Study with Optional Practicum Supervision

Term 1Credits
BACS 532Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling4.0
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 2
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 3
CFTP 516Behavioral/Process Addictions4.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 4
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 5
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
CFTP 517Addictions in The Family4.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 6
BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 7
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
BACS 541Addictions Practicum Supervision2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 9
BACS 541Addictions Practicum Supervision2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 10
BACS 541Addictions Practicum Supervision2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Total Credit: 51.5

Part-time Plan of Study without Optional Practicum Supervision

Term 1Credits
BACS 532Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling4.0
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 2
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 3
CFTP 516Behavioral/Process Addictions4.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 4
BACS 570Clinical Supervision Skills3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 5
BACS 535Motivational Enhancement Skills3.0
CFTP 517Addictions in The Family4.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 6
BACS 560Preventing Substance Use Disorders3.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 7
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 568Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 45.5

Addictions Counseling MS Faculty

Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT (Drexel University) Associate Dean for Health Professionals, Interim Program Director PhD in Couple and Family Therapy.. Clinical Professor. Forensic family therapy, couple and family therapy supervision and training, person of the therapist, racism and stress, couples living with ADHD, trauma and violence, and sex therapy.
Veronica Carey, PhD, CPRP (Capella University) Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Liaison to Student Appeals and Grievances.. Associate Clinical Professor. Evidence-based best practices in recovery-oriented services, implementation of behavioral health care system practices, education and training in psychiatric rehabilitation services; international education and training for the implementation of recovery-oriented services.
Jessica Chou, PhD, LPC (Saint Louis University). Assistant Professor. Family-centered substance abuse treatment, maternal substance use and parenting practices, community-based program development, and trauma-informed care.
Angela L. Colistra, PhD, CAADC, CCS (University of North Carolina at Charlotte). Clinical Assistant Professor. Best practices in substance use disorder treatment, opioid prevention and epidemic intervention, addiction related cognitive impairment, multicultural competence in clinical supervision, the intersect between loss and grief and addiction, the relationship between spiritual well-being and burnout.
Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, MPH (University of Delaware). Assistant Professor. Promoting healthy emotional development and resilience in children and adolescents, attachment and care-giving relationships, impact of trauma on parenting and attachment, developmental and contextual risk factors for depression and suicide risk in youth, evidence based treatments for depression and suicide risk, research methodology.
Kenneth Hardy, PhD (Florida State University). Professor. Challenging society to think critically about the hidden but significant connections that often exist between trauma and issues of oppression.
Chalice Jenkins, PhD, LPC, NCC (Capella University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Child, adolescent, marriage and family therapy, women’s issues, forensic psychology, co-occurring disorders treatment, trauma and resilience, spirituality, chronic pain, the impact of medical disease on mind, body, and spirit.
Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Program Director, Master of Family Therapy; Coordinator of Student Experiential Learning. Associate Clinical Professor. LGBT and mixed orientation relationships, marital commitment, program outcome measurement, sex therapy.
Laura L. Lynch, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Medical family therapy, collaborative and family-centered healthcare, experiences of couples and families coping with chronic illness, resident physician wellness.
Lisa T. Schmidt, PhD, CPRP (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) Chair. Associate Clinical Professor. The identification of best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation, illness management and recovery, and psycho-education.
Marlene F. Watson, PhD, LMFT (Virginia Polytechnic and State University). Associate Professor. Forensic family therapy, siblings, race, class, gender and health policy issues.
Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS (Montclair State). Assistant Clinical Professor. Multicultural Counseling & Development, Adolescents with Behavioral Diagnoses, Supervision & Training.
Erica Wilkins, PhD, MFT (Texas Tech University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical Coordinator. Residual effects of slavery on African Americans, HIV/AIDS, treatment of post-traumatic stress, grief counseling, substance abuse and the family, culturally competent services, and contextual therapy.

Emeritus Faculty

Ronald C. Comer, DSW (University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work). Professor Emeritus. Pre-professional and professional workforce development, and behavioral health care policy -- particularly at the service delivery level.
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