Walden University

M.S. in Addiction Counseling - Addictions and Public Health

With an M.S. in Addiction Counseling from Walden, you can help create positive social change in your community and in society at large. Walden’s online degree program helps prepare you to provide treatment plans and develop intervention strategies for individuals whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse and other behavioral addictions. By studying this challenging curriculum and completing field experience and residencies, you can gain the skills you need to launch or continue a career as an addiction counselor, so that you can counsel people with addictions in a variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, or private practice. The program also can prepare you to qualify to sit for the Examination for Master Addictions Counselors (EMAC).* Choose from several specializations to focus on a particular aspect of addiction counseling. Specializations Specializations: Addictions and Public Health Child and Adolescent Counseling Family Studies and Interventions Forensic Counseling General Program Trauma and Crisis Addictions and Public Health Child and Adolescent Counseling Family Studies and Interventions Forensic Counseling General Program Trauma and Crisis Note on Licensure *Students who are pursuing licensure as a State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a state substance abuse counseling certification should verify individual state laws to determine if this program meets eligibility requirements for licensure and/or certification in the state in which they intend to practice. Designation as a Master Addictions Counselor requires the successful completion of the Examination for Master Addictions Counselors (EMAC) in addition to other requirements. Note on Requirements to Practice as an Addiction Counselor Walden University’s M.S. in Addiction Counseling program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)which is a requirement to practice addiction counseling in some states. The M.S. in Addiction Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national and state addiction counseling certification exams, to sit for counseling licensure exams, and to practice as addiction counselors. Because no program can guarantee licensure or certification upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific requirements. However, each state board responsible for regulating the practice of addiction counseling has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an individual to practice as an addiction counselor in that state. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national and state certification exams and guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for counseling licensure and practice as an addiction counselor; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to certification exams and licensing requirements for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification or to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential.

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