Preparing You for the Career You Want in Addiction Counseling If you're considering an addiction counseling degree or are otherwise passionate about becoming an addiction counselor and developing your career in the field of addiction studies, you should consider a flexible and engaging learning option. Our online master's in addiction counseling could be perfect for you. You'll enjoy a high-quality education no matter where you live, and our online master's is the perfect combination of study in the areas of addiction and mental health. With an online addiction counseling degree from the accredited Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School, you'll be better prepared to make significant and immediate impacts in the field of addiction studies where mental health counseling is becoming more and more important, and where proficient addiction counselors are always desperately needed. Read on to learn about our 60-credit hour online master's degree and all of its advantages. Integrated Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Today, working in addiction counseling often requires a proficiency in the management and coordination of a patient's mental health. With our integrated approach to mental health and addiction, our Master's in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders is the best possible preparation for the current best practices in treating substance abuse. With a focus on the integrated treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders, students will be well prepared for any addiction counseling that intersects with mental health disorders. Your coursework will include evidence-based addiction treatment approaches and clinical training that you might expect to see in a mental health counseling program, such as: Differential diagnosis Trauma-informed treatment Complicating medical issues Psychopharmacology And recovery management When you become an addiction counselor, a comprehensive education from Hazelden Betty Ford will also provide you with studies in mental health counseling, ultimately better preparing you to treat the whole person and increase the likelihood your clients will achieve a sustained and happy recovery. User-Friendly Online Platform Offers Convenience and Skill Development Our online master's degree is convenient and flexible. For those just beginning in addiction counseling, and for those experienced as substance abuse counselors, the benefits are the same: You can do your coursework wherever, whenever and however you please. As an online student, you will join a diverse and passionate learning cohort from across the country. That means you will hear and engage with many perspectives and ideas regarding addiction treatment, mental health counseling and addiction studies at large. This diversity in thought will improve your ability to relate with and guide each patient through their substance use treatment and recovery. On top of that, our focus on technology will prepare you for the future of the field of addiction treatment. It's apparent how important technology has become for the virtual delivery of services. Our online master's allows you to use a number of online portals, platforms and systems which can boost your confidence with technology. The Hazelden Betty Ford Difference The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies provides a coveted education experience for aspiring addiction counselors. We aren't simply educators. We are healthcare providers, mental health counselors, policy advocates and innovators in the field of addiction. Our faculty and student success staff care deeply about training the best substance use counselors that we can. As a student in our online program, you will receive personalized support to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Online Master's Degree Program Overview 60-credit hour accredited graduate degree program Flexibility to complete coursework according to your schedule Full-time 24-month degree program with part-time options available Develop and hone your skills and knowledge in the addiction counseling field with direct patient clinical interaction Three convenient start dates each year: January, May, and September Financial aid, grants and veterans' benefits available to those who qualify Online orientation course introduces various learning activities and prepares new students for success as online learners On-campus residencies combine classroom instruction and interactive learning Our online master's program was designed to meet a broad array of state standards for licensure. The curriculum meets academic licensure requirements for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credentials in Minnesota. Our online master's degree is not a certificate program Start your application today or contact us to speak with an admissions specialist. Full-time and Part-time Options If you enroll in our online addiction counseling degree on a full-time basis, you will take up to four classes each semester across six semesters, with practicum hours starting in the third semester. As a part-time student, you will likely complete the 60-credit hour requirement by taking up to two courses per semester over a 10-semester time period, with practicum hours starting in the sixth semester. You can study at your own pace and finish the part-time program within seven years. View our full-time and part-time online program course and elective options (pdf). On-Campus Program Requirements Our online master's students participate in two on-campus residency experiences at our location in Center City, Minnesota. Each on-campus visit lasts four days for a total of eight days. The residencies provide classroom instruction and interactive learning activities. The on-campus engagement will also grant the opportunity for students to meet their peers and professors face-to-face, and hear from leaders in-person at Hazelden Betty Ford. These on-campus residencies are not clinical experiences and do not satisfy clinical internship requirements for licensure in substance abuse counseling. Clinical and Internship Requirements Online master's degree students will complete 900 hours of clinical or internship experiences over the course of their study. Internships are the most effective way for you to develop your clinical skills. By working under the supervision of a practicing counselor, you will receive expert guidance on how to apply what you are learning in class to real-life situations with clients. If you are located near one of Hazelden Betty Ford's treatment facilities, you may have the option to complete your internship with Hazelden Betty Ford counselors. No matter where you study, our faculty advisors will work with you to find an internship opportunity that best supports your academic and professional goals. Counseling Program Licensure Information by State With the completion of our online master's degree program, you may begin seeking certification and licensure in Minnesota as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Learning outcomes for our online addiction counseling degree are based on state and national criteria for licensure and certification as an alcohol and drug counselor and/or mental health professional. Licensing and certification requirements vary from state to state. It is your responsibility as a counseling program student to check the licensing and certification requirements for your respective state. How to Be Successful in an Online Program for Addiction Studies Many factors contribute to the successful completion of an online addiction counseling degree. Below are seven important considerations for distance learners. Pay close attention to each of these skills to ensure your success in the Master's in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders program. Time Management and Organizational Skills Relative to in-person and traditional counseling programs, online master's programs are equally demanding. Both online and traditional counseling programs involve focused time management throughout the week. As an online student, you will also want to create a dedicated study space where you can focus on your coursework. Additionally, online students need to multitask in order to organize and track the many details associated with course requirements and participation. Successful online students are proactive in creating the necessary space and time to study. Responsibility and Focus of Control As a graduate student entering into a new counseling program, there may be times when you will need to conduct your own research or self-direct your study in order to fill any learning gaps. You have control over your learning. By recognizing that, you can transition from a grade-based definition of success to a learning-focused approach. Taking control of your learning will contribute greatly to your success as an online graduate student and, subsequently, as a substance abuse counselor. Initiative and Help-Seeking Each graduate-level course will have its own cadence and specifics related to how and when assignments and learning activities are submitted. Self-reliance is vital: carefully check your course materials and ask clarifying questions about assignments, activities or requirements. Engagement and Curiosity The fields of substance use and behavioral health treatment rely on great communication. So does our online counseling program. The intensive discussion and peer interaction will help you, as an online student, to engage with course content and activities, process reading materials and lecture topics, and deepen your understanding. Successful online students readily engage with peers in the learning process and value the opportunity to gain new perspectives when others share viewpoints that differ from your own. Communication Texts, discussions, and written assignments are important components of the coursework for online addiction counseling programs. Effective written communication is essential in your graduate studies and in your future work as an addiction counselor. In addition to their effective writing, successful online students will also continually develop their communication skills through their interactions with peers, patients and professors. They will constantly grow in their professionalism in the addiction counseling field. Technology and Problem-Solving Online courses leverage technology that serves a greater educational purpose. Successful online students have internet access and current technology. They are also comfortable and literate with their technology: creating documents, engaging in online conversations and finding trustworthy information. Motivation and Shared Vision Pursuing an online addiction counseling degree requires your ongoing commitment. You must be motivated for your career in addiction counseling. Your sense of purpose will help you withstand the challenges of graduate-level coursework. Sharing your vision about a career in addiction counseling with those who can support you in achieving your goals (family members, friends, co-workers) will help you stay focused and enthused in your studies. Still unsure whether an online degree program is the right format for you? Take this brief self-assessment to gain more insight into your potential as an online learner.