MHS in Addictions Studies Counseling Concentration Criteria


A Curriculum Centered on Evidence-Based Research

It’s important not to view counseling strictly from a substance abuse perspective.The Addictions Counseling Concentration is a highly integrated program, exposing you to a wide range of well-established clinical therapies, like Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among others.

By keeping up with the latest trends in clinical counseling, our Addictions Counseling Concentration allows you to choose aspects of these approaches that work, and from there customize a treatment plan for your client.
Our program is a response to all the evidence-based research on clinical practices; we help you translate that research into clinical practice. Our coursework focuses on evidence-based practices, with an emphasis on improving clinical outcomes. We’re preparing you for 21st century practices, as well as additional degreed credentials. 

And since addiction, like any disease, affects the entire family, you will gain enhanced capabilities of working with family members. Addiction is very often a co-occurring disorder — appearing with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Addictions Counseling Concentration addresses these issues, as well.
We are also broadening and expanding our clinical sites and experiences, so our students have skills far beyond an entry-level counselor.

MHS in Addiction Studies Counseling Concentration:
Current admission, licensure and job outcome for graduates in MHS in Addiction Studies Counseling Concentration:  MHS in Addictions Studies Counseling Concentration Status Report.  

You are eligible to apply for this program if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You MUST be a current student in the MHS in Addictions Studies Program;
  2. You have achieved candidacy status;
  3. You have no grade of "C" or less in any core courses; and 
  4. You have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher in all completed core courses.

     Addiction Counseling Mission Statement:

    The Master of Health Science in Addictions Studies-Addic­tions Counseling Concentration is designed to meet the increased professional expectations for addictions counselors as detailed in the  Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s  (2009) Addiction Counseling Competencies.  The intent of the Addictions Counseling Concentration is to expand the profes­sional opportunities of addictions studies graduate majors and to provide the community with specialized addictions counselors who are educated to address the persistent prob­lems of addictions and related issues.

    Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. 92006). Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice. Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 21. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4171. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


    Addiction Counseling Vision Statement  :

    The vision of the Addiction Counseling program is to prepare professional addiction counselors to have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and temperament to provide client-based treatment that is individualized to the needs of the client, evidenced-based, and delivered with respect and compassion.  This is accomplished by faculty who use constructivist, developmental, and experiential teaching strategies, and who center their teaching on developing students who are critical thinkers, creative in their clinical interventions, and who value and desire continued professional development. 


For more information and to be invited to the next information session, please complete and submit the statement of intent form below:

 ASBH Counseling Concentration Statement of Intent 

    For further information please email Program Coordinator: