College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University Department of Psychology

Masters in Addiction Counseling Program

Program information

The Masters in Addiction Counseling Program offered through the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide addiction counseling treatment services. Upon completion, students will receive a Masters in Science in Addiction Counseling and should be able to sit for the Masters in Addiction Counseling Exam to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Regarding the licensing exam, the master’s program will provide the opportunity to receive all necessary coursework, however, we cannot guarantee completion of all of the practice hours needed for licensure.

The program of study is 2 years that consist of one year on campus taking classes and one year off campus completing an addiction counseling internship. Hours completed on the internship count towards licensure. Completion of the coursework in the first year covers all of the required instruction for licensure in the State of Colorado. The program is considered a Plan C Masters Program, meaning that a research thesis is not required, instead competency is demonstrated through successful completion of the internship process.
Currently, both in Colorado and across the nation, there is shortage of Licensed Addiction Counselors. We anticipate graduates of the Masters Program in Addiction Counseling at Colorado State University will be highly employable.


Courses


Fall

Year 1

 

PSY 612

Introduction to Addiction Counseling

3

PSY 675

Ethics

3

PSY 724

Motivational Interviewing

3

PSY 726

Neuropharmacology of Addiction

3

Total Units and Hours

12

Spring

PSY 613

Advanced Addiction Counseling

3

PSY 720

Psychopathology

3

PSY 686

Business and Practice of Addiction Counseling

3

PSY 793

Clinical Supervision of Addiction Counseling

3

Total Units and Hours

12

Fall

Year 2

PSY 786EV

Practicum

9

Total Units

9

Spring

PSY 786EV

Practicum

9

Total Units

9

Total Units

42

 

Faculty

Bradley T. Conner, Ph.D.                        http://psywebserv.psych.colostate.edu/psylist/detail.asp?Num=346
Director of Addiction Counseling Program


Mark A. Prince, Ph.D.                              http://psywebserv.psych.colostate.edu/psylist/detail.asp?Num=420
Associate Director of Addiction Counseling Program


Admissions

In order to be considered for admission to the Masters in Addiction Counseling Program at Colorado State University you must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis on behavioral health (e.g., Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, or Human Development and Family Studies). Additionally, ideal candidates will have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and will have completed all coursework needed to be a Certified Addiction Counselor Level I in the State of Colorado or equivalent from a different State.

Application instructions and link are located here

 

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