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MS in Christian Counseling of Substance Use & Addictive Disorders

Grand Canyon University offers an online Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use & Addictive Disorders program. This graduate program is designed to teach students how to integrate faith-based perspectives to assist clients suffering from drug, alcohol, or related addictions. Learn more below.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use & Addictive Disorders

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

Though not required, individuals interested in this program may have experience working in a church or social services setting. Professionals in this field should have good listening and communication skills and should be able to show compassion. Though specific program requirements may vary, applicants to Grand Canyon University's graduate programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree and be U.S. citizens.

Program Description:

Students in this program have the opportunity to learn about various substance abuse disorders as well as methods for assessing, evaluating, and treating them. Some counseling topics explored include rational emotive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic theory, and Adlerian theory. Participants also have the chance to study and learn how to counsel others on biblical principles regarding salvation as well as topics in spiritual health and growth. The Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use & Addictive Disorders program is designed to close with a pre-practicum course totaling 100 hours and a supervised internship totaling 150 hours.

Learning Format:


Program Length

48 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use & Addictive Disorders:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • UNV 502: Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences (2 credits)
  • PCN 501: Introduction to Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
  • PCN 505: Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PCN 500: Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • PCN 520: Group Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • PCN 509: Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CCN 601: Biblical Foundations for Counselors: The Story of God (3 credits)
  • CCN 650: Spiritual Formation: Becoming a Healthy Practitioner (3 credits)
  • PCN 527: Psychopharmacology and Addictions (3 credits)
  • PCN 529: Co-Occurring Disorders (3 credits)
  • CCN 655: Biblical Concepts of Healthy Relationships: Forgiveness and Healthy Spirituality (3 credits)
  • PCN 531: Family Issues and Addictive Disorders (3 credits)
  • PCN 610: Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment (3 credits)
  • CCN 675: Integration of Scripture With Counseling Theory (3 credits)
  • PCN 535: Counseling Chemical Dependency Adolescents (3 credits)
  • PCN 622: Pre-Practicum (2 credits)
  • PCN 662A: Practicum / Internship I (2 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This program is designed to prepare participants for addictions counselor licensure in the state of Arizona. Graduates located in other areas should check with their state's certifying agency to see what requirements are needed for licensure. Substance abuse counseling positions could be available within the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Substance abuse clinics
  • Private or group practices
  • Social service agencies
  • Christian organizations

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