Addictions Counseling Emphasis

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The Department of Counseling and Human Services within the College of Education at UCCS is recognized by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals as an Approved Education Provider. Its 18 credit hour emphasis offers students who have been accepted into the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program the opportunity to seek certification as an Addictions Counselor (CAC II) upon graduation. The university curriculum is designed to meet the core curriculum standards set forth by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). Students may complete the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services and the addictions emphasis simultaneously. UCCS is one of the few Masters of Arts degree programs in the state of Colorado that embeds the competencies to meet CAC II credentialing.

Once admitted to the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program at UCCS, students declare an emphasis in Addictions which requires specific coursework. In addition to being able to complete all the academic requirements for a CAC II, students who do their Practicum and Internship in an addictions specific environment and receive supervision from a CAC III or LAC, can count those hours toward their CAC II certification upon graduation from the program and completion of the Master Addiction Counselor Exam (MAC).

Core (18 credits)

Course/Title Semester Credits
COUN 5100 - Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling 3
COUN 5330 - Issues/Ethics/Trends in Professional Counseling 3
COUN 5510 - Principles of Addiction Treatment 3
COUN 5520 - Infectious Diseases in Mental Health Treatment 1
COUN 5960 - Psychopharmacology 1
COUN 5970 - Advanced Pharmacology 1
COUN 5530 - Motivational Interviewing I & II 3
COUN 5590 - Supervision I & II 3

Application Process

    • Schedule an admissions and information interview with a Department of Counseling and Human Services faculty member early in the process. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call (719) 255-4996 or to set up the appointment.