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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.

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?

These are the courses at FSU are required to become a Certified Addictions Counselor - Alcohol and Drug.

Required Courses (Total 33 hours)

 A)  PSYC 150 – Introduction to Psychology

 B)  PSYC 317 – Abnormal Psychology

 C)  PSYC 385 – Group Processes

 D)  PSYC 410 – Introduction to Counseling

 E)  PSYC 386 – Medical Aspects of Chemical Dependency/Pharmacology (Drugs and Behavior here at FSU, keep syllabus on file for board)

 F)   PSYC 387 – Addictions Treatment Delivery Systems

 G)  PSYC 389 – Ethics of Addictions Counseling (now 3 credits)

 H)  PSYC 492 – Internship Seminar

 I)   PSYC 495 – Psychology Internship.  A minimum of 6 hours is needed in a facility in which the specified focus is that of delivering treatment to a chemically dependent client population.  These hours must be “pre-degree”  *You may take up to 12 hours and apply the remaining 6 to your cumulative number of hours needed pre- and post-degre

 6.  Any THREE of the following courses.  You will note that FSU offers only three of the following five courses and they are specified by course number below.

 a)  PSYC 314 – Theories of Personality/Counseling

 b)  PSYC 208 - Introduction to Lifespan Development

 c)  PSYC 388 – Theories of Addictions Counseling (fulfills requirement of “special topics in the treatment of addicted populations”)

 d)  Family Counseling -  Not offered.  (offered in Social Work – You must be prepared to present the syllabus to the board.

 e)  Co-occurring Disorders – Not offered

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