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Counseling: Addiction

Master of Arts

The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60-semester hour Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in Addiction Counseling. The program is structured to meet the standards required by CACREP for accreditation (the Addiction Counseling program will be applying for CACREP accreditation in the Fall 2020). The Addiction program consists of core counseling courses, specialty area courses, and 700 hours of field experience.  Degree requirements for this program meet the educational requirements for Pennsylvania state licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) examination, a state licensure prerequisite and a prerequisite to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Completing the program in Addiction Counseling will meet the educational requirements for the Pennsylvania Certification Board to become a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). 

The mission of the Addiction Counseling program is to provide a high-quality graduate education for individuals pursuing careers in professional counseling. This program is structured around several core tenets:  

  • Development of personal awareness of self as a counselor
  • Knowledge of counseling, addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • Skills in counseling delivery across the life span with diverse populations

Included in the program is an emphasis on developing knowledge and skills consistent aligned with the standards of the Department of Drug & Alcohol Prevention in Pennsylvania in combination with the ASAM criteria. Given the focus of this program, graduates may enter the profession prepared to work in a variety of settings such as community mental health agencies, the Veterans Administration, hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment settings, and colleges/universities.  

The unique design of all KU Counseling programs offers students flexibility in determining their own career path. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • MA in Counseling: Addiction
    1. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice.
    2. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Social and Cultural Diversity.
    3. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Human Growth and Development.
    4. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Career Development.
    5. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Helping Relationships.
    6. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Group Work.
    7. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Assessment.
    8. Demonstrates content knowledge in the area of Research and Program Evaluation.
    9. Demonstrates the ability to competently provide the services and meet the responsibilities of a professional counselor.

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