Graduate Minor in Addictions Counseling

About the Graduate Minor

This is an online graduate minor offered through the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy within the College of Nursing and Health Professions of Drexel University. The courses are academically focused and designed for graduate students interested in acquiring foundational knowledge regarding the causes, treatment, and prevention of substance use disorders. Students from any health care discipline or students who anticipate working with individuals experiencing substance use problems will find this minor helpful.

The minor requires the completion of four online courses for a total of 12.0 quarter credits. Each course focuses on a core competency needed to facilitate recovery from substance use disorders. Students will acquire knowledge concerning the etiology of substance use behavior; the bio-psycho-social nature of addiction; and substance use patterns across the lifespan. Students will also develop skills related to motivational enhancement and cognitive / behavioral change. All courses are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board and may be used in partial fulfillment of the educational requirements needed to earn a certification in substance use disorder treatment.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
BACS 534Approaches to Substance Use Disorders3.0
BACS 540Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention3.0
Electives - 2 courses from the following:6.0-7.0
Ethical Issues in Addictions Counseling *
Motivational Enhancement Skills
Preventing Substance Use Disorders
Substance Use Counseling with Special Populations
Clinical Supervision Skills
Behavioral/Process Addictions
Total Credits12.0-13.0

If BACS 532 is taken, the total credits earned will be 13.0 credits.

Additional Information

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

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