Addictions Counseling - B.S.
The addictions counseling program mission is to develop professionals who understand the bio-psycho-social-spiritual correlates of substance use disorders and are capable of facilitating appropriate interventions with affected individuals, families and communities. The courses are intended to establish a solid understanding of the dynamics of addiction as well as the evidence-based clinical practices used to treat these disorders. Students will become knowledgeable of the current scientific literature and the diverse perspectives on the nature and treatment of addictions. The program seeks to balance didactic and experiential learning opportunities. The program also partners with other majors for helping professionals. Students majoring in Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology, Nursing, or Education will likely find addictions courses helpful in preparing to meet the needs of the populations that they will encounter in their professional endeavors. The program prepares students to meet the requirements for license as alcohol and drug counselors in Indiana and many other states as well as meeting nationally established standards. Students should review their specific state requirements and guidelines.
The addictions counseling program seeks to emphasize Christian commitment and compassionate service in a manner that resonates with the "heart" of the University and our World Changing focus. The addictions counseling major promotes development in the areas of Christian character, critical thinking, oral/written communication, analytical reasoning, scholarship, and the awareness of diversity issues. Successful graduates will evidence a comprehensive understanding of addictive behavior, the capacity to facilitate effective client interventions, and a commitment to ethical standards, cultural sensitivity, and a Christian worldview.
Admission to the Major
Students should apply to the major before taking any course above the ADC 200 level and must have completed or be currently enrolled in ADC210 and ADC 212. Admission to the major requires completion of an application, and a formal interview with the Addictions Counseling Committee. The Addictions Counseling Committee reserves the right to deny any student admission to the major who fails to demonstrate adequate academic, personal, or pre-professional effectiveness.
Continuation of the Major
Students should maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in Addictions. Failure to do so may necessitate repeating courses or withdraw from the Addictions major. Students must also demonstrate appropriate pre-professional readiness before being placed in a field practicum placement.
The addictions counseling major consists of 30 hours in addictions, 12 hours in psychology and 3 hours in sociology for a total of 45 credit hours. Students in this major meet the general education competencies by taking the approved standard courses.
*Seminar credits in ADC are interchangeable with PSY-390 courses.
Course descriptions are available through the Course Description Lookup.