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Addictions Counseling Track: M.Ed. in Counseling

If you choose the Addictions Counseling track, you will receive specialized training in preventing, assessing and treating addictive disorders. You’ll gain a foundation in mental health counseling with the addition of specific coursework to gain competence in both substance and process/behavioral addictions.

Completing the Addictions Counseling track will prepare you to work in different community settings such as recovery centers, community mental health centers, hospitals, employee assistance programs and private practices.

Career Outlook

Addictions Counseling is a quickly growing field: the job outlook is expected to increase by a rate of 22% over the next several years. In general, employment opportunities for counselors in all areas are expected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. Some areas, like addictions counseling, are expected to grow at an even faster rate. 

Once you complete this track you will be eligible for professional licensure as a counselor (LPC) within Missouri as well as certification as an addictions counselor.

Coursework Overview 

Emphasis in Addictions Counseling (60 credit hours)

Required Core Counseling Courses (33 credit hours):

COUN 500 Counselor as a Professional

COUN 505 Theories & Techniques in Counseling

COUN 515 Psychological Diagnostics & Treatment Planning

COUN 520 Group Procedures

COUN 526 Ethics for CMHC

COUN 540 Assessment

COUN 545 Advanced Human Development

COUN 550 Career Development

COUN 555 Multicultural Issues

COUN 560 Advanced Research Methods

COUN 590 Introduction to Substance Abuse & Process Addictions


Additional Required Subject Areas (12 credit hours):

COUN 630 Advanced Crisis Intervention in Counseling

COUN 591 Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse

COUN 592 Assessment of Substance Abuse & Process Addictions

COUN 593 The Practice of Addictions Counseling


Required Field Experience Courses (9 credit hours):

COUN 602 Counseling Practicum (100 hrs)

COUN 613 Addictions Counseling Internship I (300 hrs)

COUN 623 Addictions Counseling Internship II (300 hrs) 


Elective, Two Additional courses (6 credit hours) choose from:

MFT 500 Foundations of MFT

MFT 510 Theories & Techniques of MFT

MFT 520 Family Life Cycle

COUN 600 Child & Adolescent Therapy

COUN 575 Human Sexuality in Counseling


*All M.Ed. Counseling students are required to take INT090G Orientation for 0.5 credit hours and COUN 690 Capstone for 1.5 credit hours.

Please note completion of the Addictions Counseling Track automatically satisfies Missouri’s educational requirements for LPC licensure.


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