Substance Abuse Counseling

For Psychology majors or as a minor for students in other majors. The Substance Abuse Counseling Program is open to any student interested in a career in substance abuse services or in an area where an understanding of substance abuse is an important aspect of job performance, such as nursing and health care, social work and psychology, law enforcement and criminal justice, or college counseling and youth services. It is also relevant for students planning to pursue graduate studies in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as, professional degrees in law, social work, nursing, and criminal justice.

Although there is no formal relationship between the SAC Program and the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification, the program satisfies in part the educational and practicum requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification. Requirements leading to licensure are currently under consideration by the Massachusetts Legislature; this program will be adjusted accordingly.

Core Courses:
PSY 2125 Substance Abuse Counseling: Theory and Practice
PSY 2300 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 2330 Drugs and Behavior
PSY 3120 Counseling Theory
PSY 3350 Health Psychology
PSY 3450 Internship in Substance Abuse Counseling

Select one of the following:
HE 2000 Community Health
SOC 2420 Working with Groups and Communities
SOC 3390 Crisis Intervention

Courses recommended, but not required:
PSY 2205 Dysfunctional Families
PSY 2500 Behavior Change: Theory and Practice


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