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 the 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 course work 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 60 credit hour program generally requires 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:


Degree Requirements
CNS 5000 Research Methods in Counseling 3 credits
CNS 5020 Counseling & Human Development 3 credits
CNS 5120 Counseling Theories & Process 3 credits
CNS 5320 Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
CNS 5350 Guidance Principles & Practices 3 credits
CNS 5360 Counseling Services: Organization & Administration 3 credits
CNS 5380 Career Counseling 3 credits
CNS 5390 Counseling Skills 3 credits
CNS 5400 Testing & Evaluation 3 credits
CNS 5430 Group Counseling 3 credits
CNS 5600 Mental Health Diagnosis & Treatment 3 credits
CNS 5850 Counseling Practicum 3 credits
CNS 5900 Consultation 1 credit
CNS 5910 Research Seminar in Counseling 3 credits
CNS 5920 Introduction to Addiction Counseling 2 credits
ADS 5090 Drugs & Behavior 3 credits
ADS 5110 Theories of Addiction 3 credits
ADS 5120 Recovery Processes 3 credits
CNS 5490 Trauma, Crisis & Prevention 3 credits
CNS 5940 Addiction Counseling: Issues in Practice and Evaluation 3 credits
CNS 6040 Internship in Counseling 3 credits (600 hours)

Total: 60 credit hours