There is a great need for addiction professionals in America today. The Lewin Group, a Maryland-based consulting firm, reports that 5,000 new addictions professionals are needed each year just to replace those who are leaving the field. This need is created by the rising number of addicting materials created and used each year. Individuals all over the world are losing the battle to any number of addictions.
At Indiana Wesleyan University, we believe there is a need to help the addicted in the greater community of America and the world. To assist individuals in breaking these addictions, we want to prepare students to work in a variety of mental health settings. We offer a graduate education that allows participants to gain hands-on experience while being clinically supervised by men and women of diverse cultural backgrounds who hold Ph.D.s in a variety of areas related to counseling. Indiana Wesleyan University's goal is to provide the world with highly qualified professionals who seek to serve their communities in character, scholarship, and leadership.
The 48-credit-hour Master of Arts with a major in Counseling and specialization in Addictions Counseling helps prepare students to meet credential requirements. The program adheres to current evidence-based practice, integrating a Christian worldview with a behavioral and social sciences orientation. Through its undergraduate and graduate Addictions Counseling programs, Indiana Wesleyan University is an Approved Education Provider of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Participants in this program qualify for student membership and Addiction Professional in Training certification through NAADAC and will be academically qualified to become Master Addiction Counselors upon graduation.
Features of the Program
- Courses and practicums are completed at our Marion or Indianapolis (West) sites, or entirely online.
- The program prepares counselors to work with chemical addictions and addictive behaviors such as eating, sexual, and gambling disorders.
- The program trains professionals to bring a Christian worldview to a national crisis in addictive behavior.
- Students are challenged to integrate their Christian faith into the practice of counseling.
- All faculty members have earned doctorates and licenses, are committed to the Christian faith, and are active in the counseling profession.
- Graduates will be academically qualified to pursue state licensure and/or national certification.