What is the Specialization in Addictions?
Combined preparation for community mental health treatment and co-occurring addiction problems.
A common misconception is that professional mental health and addictions counselors are only prepared to work with clients struggling with addiction, and are therefore limited in the services they can provide. On the contrary, students who graduate from the Professional Mental Health Counseling—Specialization in Addictions program are trained to work effectively and professionally with all mental health clients, including those with addiction problems and those without. They are also uniquely trained to work with co-occurring disorders common to all treatment contexts.
Completing a master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling—Specialization in Addictions prepares graduates to pursue licensure as professional counselor (LPC) and certification in drug and alcohol counseling (CADC-I).