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PhD in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling

The Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling program at Regent University gives students the chance to understand addiction and discover counseling techniques for helping people recover. Learn more about Regent's program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Psychological Studies with a concentration in Addictions Counseling

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in this Ph.D. program should have a strong desire to help people who are battling addiction to drugs and alcohol. Applicants with a year or more of related work experience are preferred, and all prospective students need to have a 30-hour master's degree in a related field from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From patient assessment and diagnosis to intervention and treatment planning, the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling program is designed to give students the skills they need to make a difference in people's lives. Students have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques in counseling, understand the underlying causes of addiction, and discover ways to guide people through traumatic situations. Coursework also focuses on the research and statistical side of the profession. Students are asked to complete three dissertation courses and gain 150 hours of real-world experience in the field. This program does not lead to licensure or certification; however, it could benefit students who want to improve their practice and research skills.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

51 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling:

Students must complete 51 credit hours in this program to graduate. All courses are focused on the core curriculum, which includes classroom work, dissertation research, and applied field experience. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (51 credits)

  • Research Methods in Psychological Sciences I
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Advanced Counseling Skills & Techniques
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Addictive Behaviors & Substance Abuse
  • Addiction Intervention
  • Indigenous Mental Health Care I
  • Grant Writing & Dissertation Proposal
  • Statistics
  • Field Experience
  • Appraisal & Psychometrics
  • Introduction & Leadership
  • Disaster Trauma & Psychological First Aid
  • Supervision
  • Capstone: Psychological Sciences & Christian Thought
  • Dissertation Research I
  • Dissertation Research II
  • Dissertation Research III
  • Information Research & Resources

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Regent tailored this Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling program to give students skills that translate directly into a position in the field. These skills include recognizing and diagnosing addiction, developing interventions, and providing counseling.

Here are a few positions graduates might consider:

  • Substance abuse program administrator
  • Recovery care addictions administrator
  • Researcher/writer
  • Mental health services executive