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MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling

Students seeking a deeper understanding of addictive behaviors and treatment options could reach this academic goal in Walden University's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Addiction Counseling program. Get more information about this online MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Addiction Counseling

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must hold at least a bachelor's degree. Prior studies in counseling or psychology are helpful. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From case management strategies to treatment models, the online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Addiction Counseling program at Walden University is designed to address all aspects of assessing, diagnosing, and treating those with addictive behaviors. In specialization courses, students could expect to learn more about intervention strategies, policies and regulations focusing on substance abuse, clinical evaluation methods for addictive disorders, and approaches to prevent relapses. Relevant topics addressed in core classes include the history of addiction counseling, influences on addictive behaviors, and trends in the field. Other core courses may discuss counseling theories and techniques, abnormal psychology, uses of psychotropic medications, trauma and crisis counseling, and ethics in counseling. All students will need to complete a 100-hour practicum and two-part, 600-hour internship wherein they participate in clinical case management reviews under the direction of a site supervisor. This program is CACREP-accredited.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

100 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Addiction Counseling:

A total of 80 out of the 100 credits required for this program are taken in the core curriculum. Students also complete 10 credits in specialization classes, nine credits in field experiences, and a 1-credit foundation course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (1 credit)

  • Foundations for Graduate Study in Counseling

Core Courses (80 credits)

  • Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Assessment in Counseling and Education
  • Lifespan Development
  • Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Research Methodology and Program Evaluation
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Social Change in Action: Prevention, Consultation, and Advocacy
  • Counseling Addictive Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response

Specialization Courses: Addiction Counseling (10 credits)

  • Theories, Treatment, and Case Management of Addiction
  • Assessment in Counseling and Addiction

Field Experience (9 credits)

  • Counseling Practicum
  • Counseling Internship I
  • Counseling Internship II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In many cases, the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling could be a terminal degree for those who wish to pursue clinical counseling positions; however, those with an interest in research or academic careers might consider a doctoral program. A doctorate would typically be required to assume teaching or academic administrative positions at the postsecondary level.

Doctoral degrees graduates might pursue include:

  • PhD in Psychology
  • PhD in Counseling
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology

Career Paths:

After earning the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling from Walden University, graduates could possess the assessment and counseling skills needed to work in community mental health centers, outpatient clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, prisons, or halfway houses. They might also consider entering into private practice. Some positions could require licensure.

Careers suitable to graduates include:

  • Case manager
  • Addiction counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor

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