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Addiction Studies

Be a Catalyst for Change

The Bachelor of Science with a major in addiction studies provides enhanced undergraduate experience to individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree in counseling, clinical psychology or social work, while providing the fundamental academic curriculum to prepare you to work in the substance abuse field. 

If you already possess a bachelor's degree in a field related to addiction studies, a post-degree certificate in addiction studies can help prepare you for entry-level positions in alcohol and drug treatment agencies. The certificate meets the minimum educational requirements to initiate a development plan (for the CADC) with the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).

Detroit Mercy's addiction studies program also offers a post-graduate certificate in addiction studies for students who already possess a master's in a field related to addiction studies. This certificate fulfills the academic and internship requirements for the Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (CAAC) credential authorized by the State of Michigan. The CAAC is compulsory for professionals who specialize in the clinical treatment of substance use.

A graduate certificate is an option if you already possess a master's degree in a related field and are seeking advanced clinically-focused academic work in the treatment of addiction.

Undergraduate Programs

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    Major - Addiction Studies

    Degree: Bachelor of Science
    Major: Addiction Studies
    Credits: 63-72

    If you want to be a catalyst to help empower individuals who struggle with addiction, you need the strong foundation that University of Detroit Mercy's program can provide. The Bachelor of Arts with a major in addiction studies will teach the knowledge and skills required when providing prevention, assessment, referral and treatment services for individuals and families who suffer from addictive disorders.

    Through a strong background in the liberal arts, you will find ways to reach your clients who are struggling and work with many professions to help change the structures of society that support addictive behavior. As a good listener, clear writer, introspective and critical thinker, you learn to advocate for your clients and programs and help the profession evolve.

    You can conveniently pursue the bachelor's degree while attending part time or full time. In addition to the program being offered at University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus, the Bachelor of Science with a major in addiction studies is also offered at Macomb University Center in Clinton Township. Contact Donna Gormely at (586) 263-6232 or gormeldm@udmercy.edu for information at Macomb University Center.

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

    Internships

    Internship placements are an important part of University of Detroit Mercy's addiction studies curriculum. Internships provide you with an opportunity to apply what has been learned in the classroom to real-world settings. This begins your professional development, in addition to providing the occasion to develop your own style and approach to helping others in preparation for employment after graduation. Placements include hospitals, residential programs, family counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers.

    More than 30 addiction prevention, referral and treatment agencies throughout Southeast Michigan and Southern Ontario are affiliated with University of Detroit Mercy for field placements in addiction studies.

    Careers

    A majority of addiction studies graduates become employed in the addiction treatment field and/or are accepted into graduate school immediately following graduation.

    While the focus of the program is addiction and behavioral disorder treatment, many graduates often become employed as prevention specialists and drug educators.

    According to the 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for substance abuse professionals jobs are "projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations." 

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    Minor - Addiction Studies

    University of Detroit Mercy's minor in Addiction Studies complements the education and professional training from your major and prepares you to work effectively with individuals who are adversely affected by addictive disorders.

    This 21-credit minor is an excellent option if you:

    • Are majoring in one of the helping professions, such as psychology or social work and hope to improve your employment options without a graduate degree by adding expertise in the field of addiction studies; or
    • Are pursuing a degree in an area somewhat removed from the helping professions, such as health services administration, where knowledge and expertise in addictions and recovery is a helpful adjunct.

    Addiction Counseling Certification
    The State of Michigan sponsors the Certified Addictions Counselor credential (CAC). It is strongly recommended in this state and many others that any professional who counsels chemically dependent clients have this certification. The minor in addiction studies provides all the educational and internship hours required for the CAC, should you choose to apply for it. Additional requirements (examination and clinical hours) are your responsibility.

Post-Degree Certificates

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    Post-Bachelor's Degree Certificate

    If you have already attained a bachelor’s degree in a major (e.g., counseling, psychology or social work) related to the field of addiction studies, a post-degree certificate will arm you with 21-credit hours of additional information that will prepare you for entry-level positions in alcohol and drug treatment agencies. In addition, the certificate meets the minimum educational requirements to initiate a development plan for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential granted by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).

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    Post-Master's Degree Certificate

    If you already possess your master's degree in a related discipline but want to further specialize in the field of addiction, the post-graduate certificate in addition studies is one of University of Detroit Mercy’s unique certificate programs.

    Typically, individuals with a master’s degree in clinical psychology, counseling, social work or nursing pursue the certificate; however, individuals with a master’s degree in other major disciplines (e.g., criminal justice, health administration) may also be interested. The 18-credit-hour post-graduate certificate in addiction studies requires approximately one year to complete.

    State Certification
    The post-graduate certificate in addiction studies fulfills the academic and internship requirements for the certified advanced addictions counselor (CAAC) credential authorized by the State of Michigan. The CAAC is compulsory for professionals who specialize in the clinical treatment of substance use.

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Meet Our Faculty

Jocelyn M Bennett-Garraway
Associate Professor
Director of the M.A. School Counseling Program

Nancy G. Calleja
*Department Chair
Professor
Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Director of Addiction Counseling Programs

Kimberly Childers
Faculty, Counseling Program

Daniel Duryea
Associate Professor
Director of Addiction Studies

Rachael Evans
Adjunct Professor

Lorise Grey
Adjunct Professor

Daniel Lawrence
Faculty, Counseling Program

Mary McDougall
Faculty, Counseling Program

Kathleen Palmer
Assistant Professor

Sheri Pickover
Associate Professor
Clinic Director

Valerie Williams
Administrative Assistant

chair

Nancy G. Calleja
*Department Chair
Professor
Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Director of Addiction Counseling Programs


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