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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (MS)

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The Graduate Program in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling is offered through the Department of Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling. It is designed to prepare students for professional careers in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling, with emphasis on substance abuse prevention and treatment. It builds upon the institution’s undergraduate program in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling and upon its graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling.


Degree-seeking students are required to complete thirty-nine (39) credit hours of graduate work. Twenty-seven (27) credit hours are Core courses and twelve (12) credit hours are electives. Upon advancing into Candidacy students electing Option I must successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination and Research Paper; students electing Option II must successively complete courses Thesis I and Thesis II and write a Master’s Thesis. (Note: EDUC 581 is required of any graduate student who has not had a basic statistics course, with a “B” or better grade, either at the undergraduate or graduate level.)

Core Requirements: (15 Credit Hours) Credits
PSYC 621 Seminar in Physiological and Psycho-Social Aspects of Alcoholism and Other Addictions
PSYC 622 Addiction Prevention Techniques for the Individual, the Family, the School, and the Community
PSYC 641 Advanced Individual and Group; Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
PSYC 642 Advanced Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
PSYC 644  Management of Addiction Treatment Programs and Personnel
Measurement and Research: (6 Credit Hours)
REHB 582 Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences
REHB 509 Seminar in Rehabilitation Research
Fieldwork and Internship: (6 Credit Hours)
PSYC 650 Field Training in Alcoholism

Addiction Services
PSYC 651 Field Training in Alcoholism

Addiction Services
(Note: Each field training requires 200 supervised clock hours.)
Recommended Electives: (12 Credit Hours
PSYC 511 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 512 Mental Health
PSYC 514 Theories of Personality
PSYC 529 Seminar in Human Growth and Development
PSYC 612 Group Counseling
PSYC 653 Theories of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
PSYC 656 The Evaluation of Drug Policies in the U.S.
PSYC 657 Seminar in Substance Abuse and Cultural Influences
PSYC 658 Assessment Interviewing for Treatment Planning for the Substance Abuser 3
PSYC 659 Applied and Clinical Research in Addictions
PSYC 660 Substance Abuse and the Law - Legal and Ethical Conduct
REHB 502 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
REHB 535 Community Resources in Mental and Physical Health

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