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Additions Emphasis Program

What is it?

  • The emphasis program and preparation program are designed for students interested in the addictions counseling field.
  • Frostburg State University offers its own emphasis program in Addictions Counseling to help prepare students to become addiction counselors, including certified as Maryland State Addiction Counselors.

Why earn it?

  • If you plan to be a therapist or counselor, you will have future clients or their family members who are dealing with addiction issues. The FSU emphasis program provides you with excellent background in knowledge and skills needed to assess, understand, and treat these issues.
    • Earning this emphasis likely improves your application to graduate schools in counseling or clinical psychology.
  • The FSU emphasis program helps you become certified as an Addictions Counselor by Maryland State.
  • Addiction Counselors with Associates or Bachelor's degrees make excellent starting and continuing salary! And jobs are available!
    • 2010 salary range approximately* $28,000-$31,724 for Associates & $31,724-$35,865 Bachelor degree respectively (and includes temporary salary reduction affecting all state employees).
      • *See actual positions for accurate salary.

How do you achieve it?

If you would like to get a head start on Maryland State certification for addictions counselors, you may complete the following undergraduate emphasis as a degree-seeking or non degree-seeking student:

Required Courses (Total 16 hours)

Students must take each of the following courses (13 hours):

PSYC 150/151

General Psych / Honors General Psych

PSYC 386

Drugs & Human Behavior

PSYC 387

Addictions Treatment Delivery

PSYC 388

Treatment Issues & Theory in Addictions

PSYC 389

Ethics for the Addiction Counselor (1 cr)

Students choose ONE of the following courses (3 hours):

PSYC 410

Introduction to Counseling

PSYC 385

Group Processes

SOWK 379

Foundations for Generalist Practice

SOWK 473

Generalist Practice


Note: You still must complete a bachelor's degree in one of the human services fields noted above as well as complete additional course work in order to sit for the state exam for Maryland state certification. Click here for more information on the full Addictions Counselor Preparation program.

For more information on this emphasis program, please contact Dr. Lisa L. Morshead.