MS - Addiction Counseling
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MS - Addiction Counseling

Position yourself for increased career opportunities and job satisfaction in the fast-growing field of addiction counseling. This Master's in Addiction Counseling is designed to develop professionals trained in the areas of addiction counseling, treatment, and prevention. There is a particular emphasis on treating addictions and co-occurring mental health illnesses, which can improve the possibility that your clients will complete treatment and have better post-treatment outcomes. The curriculum covers both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to offer integrated services and treat co-occurring disorders in an addiction counseling or general clinical setting. This rigorous program includes online course work, residencies and clinical experiences.

With your Master's in General Addiction Counseling from Capella, you'll learn to apply addiction counseling intervention and prevention theories, models and approaches to individuals and groups. You'll also articulate knowledge, skills and best practices related to addiction counseling, and select appropriate assessments to evaluate, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for clients.

Common jobs with an online Master's in General Addiction Counseling include addiction counselor, addictionologist/medical director, adjunct or part-time faculty, behaviorist, case manager, detox specialist, family therapist, HIV counselor, recovery coach, residential counselor or vocational counselor. Potential workplaces and fields include mental health, educational institutions, private sector, health care or management/administration.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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AccreditationCapella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),
RequirementsApplicants must have: Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution, undergrad GPA of at least 2.7 (on 4.0 scale) or equivalent from an international institution, professional experience.
On Campus RequirementAs part of your program you will attend residential colloquia in addition to your online courses. At specific milestones in your program, you will attend two colloquia, each six days in length.
Delivery FormatOnline
Education LevelMaster
Cost Per CreditTuition varies by school and degree program. To receive detailed information on Capella's tuition rates, request a free University Guide.