Image of graduating class of 2019Masters in Addiction Counseling in Psychology

The Masters in Addiction Counseling in Psychology 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 Addiction Counseling in Psychology and should be eligible to sit for the Masters in Addiction Counseling Exam to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Completion of the coursework in the first year covers all of the required instruction for licensure in the State of Colorado. While some students complete their practice hours needed for licensure during internship, most students finish their licensure hours after graduation, building on the hours they complete as a part of the internship year.

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 and passing of a comprehensive examination.

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 in Psychology at Colorado State University will be highly employable.

In order to be considered for admission to the Masters in Addiction Counseling in Psychology 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 Specialist (formerly referred to as a Certified Addiction Counselor Level I) in the State of Colorado or equivalent from a different State. Note that while completion of Certified Addiction Specialist education is not a necessary condition for admission to the graduate program, it is necessary to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The masters program does not provide Certified Addiction Specialist coursework but will work with students admitted to the program to complete the prerequisite courses. For more information see the Handbook for Addiction Counselors (PDF document).

The application deadline is April 1st. All materials must be received by April 1st of the year you plan to enroll.

Application instructions and link are located here

Year 1
Fall
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 776 Business and Practice of Addiction Counseling 3
PSY 793 Clinical Supervision of Addiction Counseling 3
Total Units and Hours 12
Year 2
Fall
PSY 787 Internship 9
Total Units 9
Spring
PSY 787 Internship 9
Total Units 9
Total Units 42

Students in the masters of addiction counseling in psychology program can simultaneously take four additional courses that are required to be eligible for the professional counselor licensing exam by equivalency (Note that the Masters in Addiction Counseling in Psychology is NOT a CACREP Accredited Program). Students can pursue the licensed professional counselor by equivalency by altering their degree progress plans to include four courses and increasing their internship credits from nine to twelve units in the fall and spring semesters of the second-year. By increasing from nine to twelve units during the second-year internship, students will be required to completed 480 clinical hours each semester instead of 360 hours.

 

The 4 extra courses are:

  • PSY624: Career Counseling
    • Online course
  • HDFS505: Human Development
    • Online course, typically offered in the summer
  • EDCO656: Assessment
    • Offered during the academic school year as a mix of online and on campus meetings
    • Offered over the summer as two weeks on campus and two weeks online
  • EDRM600: Research Methods
    • Offered during the school year as a mix of online and on campus meetings
    • Offered over the summer as two weeks on campus and two weeks online

Note: Some of these classes are not offered by the Psychology Department and fill up quickly. It is your responsibly to register as soon as you can to make sure you get into the class. If you take any classes the summer after your second spring, this will delay your “official” graduation to Summer. You can still walk and participate in the Spring graduation ceremony, but you will not receive your official degree until after summer session is completed.  

 

Students cannot begin counting hours towards LPC licensure until after they have earned their masters degree. There is no post-master of arts requirement for the licensed addiction counselor so students’ hours during internship count toward their license.

 

Please see the Handbook for Addiction Counselors (PDF document) for additional information regarding the requirements for the licensed addiction counselor in the state of Colorado.

 

LPCC Application 

  • Inform your advisor that you are pursuing the LPC track, you will be taking more classes, and your internship credits and hours will increase.
  • Make sure that you save all of your course syllabi and course descriptions in a document if you will be applying for this track! You will need this information for licensure.
  • To access the course description, you can go to the CSU website here: https://catalog.colostate.edu/general-catalog/courses-az/psy/. This link is for the psychology department courses. If you are looking for courses offered in other departments, you will click on the appropriate department name and it should pull up their list of courses with descriptions.

CSU has a spotless reputation for graduating all students who have been admitted into the Masters in Addiction Counseling in Psychology program. Many students secure employment before graduating from the program based on their expertise and passion for treating individuals facing addiction. Alumni of the program are some of the most revered in the field based on their specialized knowledge of addictions.

Student Admissions and Outcome Statistics

The most positive part of my experience in the Master’s of Addiction Counseling Psychology Program was the people – particularly the instructors and advisor.  The fact that [the professors] really knew each of us has made all the difference for me.” – Class of 2020 Alumni

Comprehensive List of Internship Sites

Students begin their internship after completing all coursework for their Masters of Addiction Counseling in Psychology degree. Although each site is unique, students can gain experience working at sites that treat individuals struggling with addictions by conducting individual and group counseling, engaging in case management and consultation, and providing other general services. Students will complete between 360 and 480 clinical hours per semester on site under the supervision of a licensed addiction counselor. Students in the MACP program at CSU have gained funding during and/or employment after internship with their site on a case-by-case basis.

Bradley T. Conner, Ph.D.
Director of Addiction Counseling in Psychology

Mark A. Prince, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Addiction Counseling in Psychology

Noah Emery, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Hollis Karoly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Wendy Lee, LSCW, LAC
Faculty and Supervisor

Graduate Program Coordinator
Sara Anne Tompkins, Ph.D.

Bradley T. Conner
Director of Addiction Counseling in Psychology
Email: brad.conner@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6363