Online Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Applied Psychological Sciences — Substance Abuse and Addictions
Embrace your passion for serving members of your community with Arizona State University's Bachelor of Science in psychological sciences with a concentration in addiction counseling. In this psychological sciences program, you’ll learn the principles of substance use and addiction, including diagnoses, assessment and treatment. This applied psychology program prepares for careers in a variety of fields, such as behavioral health, education, nonprofit organizations and social services.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 30
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Why earn a degree in counseling and applied psychological sciences?
Applied psychological sciences connects theory to hands-on counseling practice. Different from the applied psychology program, courses in ASU Online's substance abuse counseling concentration are tailored to counseling clients experiencing addiction. You’ll learn how to screen, assess, diagnose, create a treatment plan and provide interventions and treatment for those with substance abuse, behavioral addictions or other related conditions.
This concentration is an especially good fit if you have an associate degree in psychology and are looking to focus your upper division studies on substance abuse and addiction counseling.
What skills will I learn in this substance abuse counseling degree concentration?
The first of its kind at a public research institution, the substance abuse counseling degree concentration provides you with a wide range of skills transferable to a variety of behavioral and mental health setting, including:
- Counseling microskills.
- Understanding group dynamics relevant to substance use and addictions.
- Foundational principles of substance use and addictions.
- Applying counseling theory to practice.
- Cultural sensitivity.
- Research methods.
After completing this psychological sciences degree, you’ll be well prepared to take on a variety of roles within the behavioral health field or continue your education.
Counseling and applied psychological sciences courses
Your concentration courses focus on counseling practice related to substance abuse and addiction. In addition to passing your courses, you’re required to complete a 135-hour internship supervised by a licensed counselor. Core courses include:
CAP 325: Professional Practice and Ethics in Counseling
CAP 335: Addiction Group Counseling
CAP 340: Multicultural Counseling Theory and Practice
CAP 351: Issues in Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
CAP 440: Addictions II: Treatment, Recovery and Relapse Prevention
PSY 470: Psychopharmacology
CAP 120: Introduction to Counseling (SB)
CAP 220: Self in a Multicultural Society (C)
What jobs can I get with a degree in applied psychological sciences?
A substance abuse counseling degree concentration can lead to a variety of roles in behavioral health care delivery settings. Program graduates often go on to pursue roles in community agencies, mental health clinics and addiction treatment centers. You’ll also be well-prepared to pursue graduate studies that lead to state counseling licensure. Career examples include, but are not limited to:
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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