Addictions and Correctional Counseling Concentration

The 60-credit Master of Science Program in Mental Health Counseling prepares highly skilled, self-aware, compassionate counselors who provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and collaborative treatment using a whole person approach. Grounded in the cognitive-behavioral tradition, this program trains practitioner-scholars to offer assessment, therapeutic interventions, consultation, program evaluation, and follow-up services using a collaborative integrative approach. Incorporating knowledge of the biopsychosocial model, the program provides a foundation for ethical practice and advocacy that facilitates the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The program also trains students to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings as health service professionals and to engage in self-care and self-reflection. The addictions and correctional counseling concentration prepares students for the Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC) credential. Students who graduate with this concentration are equipped to work in a variety of addictions and correctional counseling settings such as inpatient, eating disorder clinics, or correctional facilities. The program prepares master’s level graduates with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to pursue credentialing as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in many states and/or to pursue a doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, or a related field.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN 501 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 505 Counseling Skills 3
COUN 510 Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
 Hours9
Term 2
COUN 506 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
COUN 508 Lifespan Development 3
COUN 552 Program Evaluation Research Methods and Statistics 3
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 503 Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
COUN 507 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 509 Tests and Measurements 3
 Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN 504 Group Therapy 3
COUN 590 Objective Comprehensive Exam 0
Note: Students whose Practicum/Internship placement begins during the summer term following year one will register for the Practicum/Internship course sequence (COUN 561, 562, 563) in the summer, fall and winter terms, as well as COUN 585: Clinical Field Placement in the spring term. These students will not register for COUN 525: Child, Adol., and Family Issues in Substance Use Disorders in the summer following year two as they will have fulfilled the program credit requirements with the addition of COUN 585.  
 Hours3
Term 2
COUN 520 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 3
COUN 521 Biopsychosocial Basis of Addiction 3
COUN 561 Practicum Seminar 2
COUN 581 Professional Development I 1
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 523 Advanced Interventions in Addiction Counseling 3
COUN 571 Career & Lifestyle Development 3
COUN 562 Internship Seminar I 2
COUN 582 Professional Development II 1
COUN 591 Case Conceptualization Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours9
Term 4
COUN 522 Counseling in Correctional Settings 3
COUN 524 Addiction and Correctional Counseling Intervention Seminar 3
COUN 563 Internship Seminar II 2
COUN 583 Professional Development III 1
COUN 593 STEPPS VI Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours9
Third Year
Term 1
COUN 525 Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues in Substance Misuse 3
Note: Students whose Practicum/Internship placement begins during the summer term following year one will register for the Practicum/Internship course sequence (COUN 561, 562, 563) in the summer, fall and winter terms, as well as COUN 585: Clinical Field Placement in the spring term. These students will not register for COUN 525: Child, Adol., and Family Issues in Substance Use Disorders in the summer following year two as they will have fulfilled the program credit requirements with the addition of COUN 585.  
 Hours3
 Total Hours60