Counseling & Addiction Studies
The Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies prepares individuals interested in pursuing careers in the helping professions by offering the following programs:
A Bachelor's degree program is available in Addiction Studies whereas Master's degree programs are available in Counseling and non-degree endorsement/certification programs are available in School Counseling and Addiction Studies.
Introduction to the Counseling Profession
The counseling profession is designed to assist individuals in effectively managing the many challenges of living through self-exploration and increased self-awareness. The counseling profession is one that begins at the graduate level with many counseling students possessing undergraduate degrees in related social sciences (i.e., psychology, social work).
Rooted in counseling theory and research, professional counselors are trained in the development of counseling skills while engaging in personal growth experiences. While the classroom serves as one form of training ground, laboratory experiences and field placements sufficiently augment the counselor-in-training with adequate preparation to enter the field. It is as a result of this rigorous training that professional counselors are equipped to effectively work with individuals to effect positive change in every aspect of living.