Master of Arts and Certification in Addiction Counseling

Addiction Counseling - Master of Arts (MA) and Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certification as an Addiction Counselor (CAC)

Director: Victoria Sepulveda, Ph.D., LPC, CADC

Office: 238 Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Telephone: (313) 578-0468
Fax. (313) 578-0507
E-mail: sepulvvi@udmercy.edu  

The Addiction Counseling program at th e University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's premier addiction counseling program.  The program has the longest history in the state and is among the first of its kind in the nation.  As a result, UDM's program is the leader in addiction counseling, known for its innovation in providing cutting edge education related to substance and behavioral addiction counseling.  Partnering with an array of addiction treatment programs in southeast Michigan, UDM's Addiction Counseling program has been pivotal in improving the field of addiction counseling in Michigan and throughout the United States. 

The MA in Addiction Counseling provides specialized training in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of addictive disorders. With a foundation in mental health counseling, specific courrsework in addiction counseling is completed to fulfill requirements for competence in both substance and process/behavioral (e.g., gambling, sexual) addictions. The program prepares individuals for working with addictions in a variety of settings, such as private and public agencies, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics.

The intensive program of study combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, and promotes deep knowledge and competencies related specifically to addiction counseling to promote highly competent mental health clinicians specializing in the prevention, assessment and treatment of addiction.  Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible for both professional licensure as a counselor within the state of Michigan (LLPC) and certification as an addictions counselor (CAC) within the state of Michigan. The 54 credit hour program generally requires 2-3 years to complete.

Graduates of our Addiction Counseling program are typically well-sought after and hired immediately upon graduation as addiction counselors/therapists, clinical supervisors, administrators, and program developers. 

Recent graduates of the MA in Addiction Counseling program have said the following:

The program is more than just coursework--there are continuous opportunities for growth and professional development!

The size of the program, the support from faculty, and the real world learning experiences allowed me to grow and flourish, and quickly gain employment as a professional counselor.

The program has thoroughly prepared me for all aspects of my career.

I was constantly challenged to fully examine what was right and ethical and ensure that care for the client always came first--the foundation of any counseling situation.   

The Addiction Counseling program at UDM is by far better than any other!

Addiction Counseling Curriculum:

CNS 5000 Research Methods in Counseling 3 cr.

CNS 5020 Counseling and Human Development 3 cr.

CNS 5120 Counseling Theories & Process 3 cr.

CNS 5320 Multicultural Counseling 3 cr.

CNS 5350 Guidance Principles & Practices 3 cr.

CNS 5360 Counseling Services:  Organization and Administration 3 cr.

CNS 5380 Vocational Development & Career Assessment 3 cr.

CNS 5390 Counseling Skills 3 cr.

CNS 5400 Testing & Evaluation 3 cr.

CNS 5430 Group Counseling 3 cr.

CNS 5490 Trauma, Crisis and Prevention  3 cr.
CNS 5600 Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment 3 cr.
CNS 5850 Counseling Practicum 3 cr.

CNS 5900 Consultation 1 cr.

CNS 5910 Research Seminar in Counseling 3 cr. 

CNS 5920 Introduction to Addiction Counseling 2 cr.

CNS 5940 Advanced Issues in Practice & Evaluation 3 cr.

ADS 5090 Drugs & Behavior 3 cr.

ADS 5110 Theories of Addiction 3 cr.

ADS 5120 Recovery Processes 3 cr.

CNS 6040 Internship in Counseling 3 cr. (600 hrs.)


Total: 60 credits