Enhance your degree with an Addictions Counseling minor
This 18-credit interdisciplinary minor focuses on the basic competencies associated with helping people recover from substance use disorders. Courses are offered though the Department of Health Sciences, the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Department of Psychology and provide students with content knowledge in addictions counseling that map to core competencies outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. Students may begin coursework in this minor at any point in their undergraduate education.
The minor is an excellent option for students in the following majors:
- Criminal Justice
- Health Sciences
- Occupational Therapy
- Urban Studies
- Liberal Studies
Students in this minor will:
- Gain knowledge of the factors and cultural implications leading to addiction.
- Understand the assessment, clinical evaluation, treatment planning and case management skills related to addictions counseling.
- Gain knowledge of patient, family and communication education issues related to addiction.
- Gain knowledge of coexisting issues related to addiction.
This minor can also be a pathway for matriculated students who first complete a minor to earn a Certificate in Addictions Counseling by completing one additional course, the Pre-Practicum Seminar in Addictions Counseling (3 credits) and the 300-hour Practicum in Addictions Counseling (6 credits). Completing these additional requirements would earn the student a Certificate in Addictions Counseling which would then make it possible for the student to pursue state licensing (CADC) after completing 4,000 hours of supervised work in the field (if bachelor’s degree is in a behavioral science major).