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Addictions Counseling Programs

The Counseling and Human Services (CHS) program at Indiana University South Bends offers 3 courses of study in addictions counseling for professionals at all stages of their careers. Each of these programs can be used as a path to addictions counseling licensure (LAC and LCAC) and certification (CADAC) in the state of Indiana. Please review the information below and let us know if you have any questions or comments. We appreciate your visit to our site! For further information on any of our programs, including application instructions, please contact our Education Student Services office at (574) 520-4845. You can also feel free to contact specific program faculty with questions about counseling and our curriculum. 

PROGRAMS

The CHS program offers the following courses of study in addictions counseling:

  1. Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Services – Addictions Counseling program track (60 credit hours)
  2. Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (15 credit hours)
  3. Addictions Counseling Licensure Patch (variable credits)

MS IN COUNSELING AND HUMAN SERVICES - ADDICTIONS COUNSELING TRACK

The addictions track of the MS in Counseling and Human Services consists of 60 credit hours of graduate study. Students fulfill requirements in both the common counseling core of the curriculum as well as courses specific to the addictions specialty. The program follows a cohort model wherein students are admitted and take courses with an identified group of their peers. The program can be completed in a minimum of 3 years of full time study, which includes summer classes. Courses for the Addictions track are as follows:

Common Counseling Core:

  1. G500: Orientation to Counseling
  2. G523: Laboratory in Counseling
  3. G575: Cross-Cultural Counseling
  4. G506: Personality Development: Growth of Normal and Deviant Styles
  5. G522: Counseling Theory
  6. P514: Life-span Development
  7. G590: Research in Guidance and Counseling
  8. G505: Individual Appraisal
  9. G532: Introduction to Group Counseling
  10. G567: Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling
  11. G507: Lifestyle and Career Development
  12. G550: Internship in Counseling and Guidance (taken twice)
  13. G592: Seminar in Drug/Alcohol Use Prevention

Addictions Track Courses:

  1. G510: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  2. G511: Screening and Assessment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Problems
  3. G512: Counseling Approaches with Addictions
  4. G513: Legal and Illegal Drugs of Abuse
  5. G514: Practicum in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (taken twice)

The addictions counseling track of the MS program was designed to meet requirements for addictions counseling licensure. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) in Indiana. Graduates of the program may also be eligible to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Indiana. Students wishing to pursue both licenses should meet with the addictions counseling program coordinator to ensure that their program of study will satisfy the educational requirements for meeting this career goal.

Practicum and Internship Experiences for the MS program

Students in the Addictions Track of the CHS program take part in 4 field experiences. Students should note early in their program that they are responsible for identifying and securing their own field placements. This involves making contacts with local agencies, identifying areas of personal interest, and interviewing for practicum and internship positions. In order to enroll in practicum, students must complete required application materials by March 1. Information on the application process is available in the Addictions Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual (coming soon)

Beginning the Summer Session of the 3rd year of study, students enroll in G514: Practicum in Alcohol and Drug Counseling for their first field experience. This field course is for Addictions Track students only and the entire focus will be on gaining early experience as an addictions counselor. Students complete G514 again the following summer to round out their field studies. G514 consists of weekly class meetings on campus, clinical work at a local agency, program development, and professional development. Students complete 220 clock hours of field work during each semester of G514.

During the Fall and Spring Semesters of the 3rd year of study, students enroll in G550: Internship in Counseling. Students will be enrolled in this course with peers from other areas of mental health counseling. G550 consists of weekly class meetings on campus, clinical work at a local agency, program development, and professional development. Students complete 300 clock hours of clinical work during each semester of G550. Further information on the hourly clinical work requirements during G550 can be found in the Community and Addictions Counseling Practicum and Internship Handbook. 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELING

The purpose of this 15 credit hour program is to prepare students to be licensed and/or certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors. The graduate certificate programs prepares graduates to apply for addictions counseling credentials such as the Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) license in Indiana as well as state and national addictions counselor certifications (e.g., Certified Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor). Courses are scheduled at times convenient for working adults at either the South Bend of Elkhart campuses. Courses are offered in evening, weekend, and online formats. Required courses for the program are as follows:  

  1. G510: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  2. G511: Screening and Assessment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Problems
  3. G512: Counseling Approaches with Addictions
  4. G513: Legal and Illegal Drugs of Abuse
  5. G514: Practicum in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

For Student Consumer Information About the Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, click here.

Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Handbook

Practicum Experience for Graduate Certificate Program

Students in the graduate certificate program are required to complete one 220 hour field experience (3 credit hours). During this experience students will demonstrate each of the 12 core functions of an alcohol and drug counselor. These functions are (a) screening, (b) intake, (c) orientation, (d) assessment, (e) treatment planning, (f) counseling, (g) case management, (h) crisis intervention, (i) client education, (j) referral, (k) reports and record keeping, and (l) consultation. The G514 course will ensure that students meet these standards. Students should note early in their program that they are responsible for identifying and securing their own field placements. This involves making contacts with local agencies, identifying areas of personal interest, and interviewing for practicum and internship positions. In order to enroll in practicum, students must complete required application materials by March 1. Information on the application process is available in the Addictions Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual.


LICENSED CLINICAL ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR (LCAC) PATCH

This patch is designed to serve the needs of those licensed mental health professionals who possess a master’s degree and want to gain licensure as a clinical addictions counselor (LCAC) in the state if Indiana. Further information is available on our Licensure Patch information page.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Potential students are not required to have a human services background or degree in any social science discipline to be considered for the program.

The CHS Master’s Program admits students during the Summer 1 session. Applications for the Master’s program are due April 1 of each year. Admissions to the certificate program are made at multiple points during the year and applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters and sessions. To find out more about the application process, or to obtain application materials, please contact the Education Student Services office at (574) 520-4845.

there is a different application process for licensure patches, which can be found on the licensure patch page

  1. Application for Admission to Graduate Study (on-line through Admissions Office).
  2. An undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Applicants may apply to the program prior to the completion of the undergraduate degree provided that the degree is earned by May of the admission year.
  3. GPA requirements:
    1. Applicants to graduate programs in the School of Education must have an overall CGPA of 3.0 or have earned a CGPA of 3.5 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree and meet all other admission requirements to be fully admitted to graduate programs in the School of Education.
    2. Those who do not meet the GPA requirement must complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and score at least 150 on the Verbal Reasoning and at least a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section.  Information can be found online at www.ets.org/gre.
  4. Written personal statement:
    1. List and describe your work and volunteer experiences related to the field of counseling and human services.
    2. List and describe education and training related to the field of counseling and human services beyond your formal coursework which you have attained as a result of participation in workshops, seminars, professional meetings, etc.
    3. Why have you selected Counseling and Human Services as a preferred area of study?
    4. What characteristics do you have that you believe would make you a successful counselor?
    5. What additional information do you wish to bring to the awareness of the screening committee regarding your application?
  5. Official transcripts documenting all degrees earned or in progress, and any other academic work
  6. Three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources
  7. An interview with resident faculty member. Submission of all required application materials is required to schedule an interview.

Handbooks and Helpful Documents

  1. CHS Program Manual 
  2. CHS School Counseling Program Handbook
  3. CHS Addictions Programs Handbook
  4. CHS Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Manual
  5. CHS Clinical Mental Health Internship Manual
  6. CHS Addictions Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual
  7. Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Manual


Program Advising Sheets

  1. MS in School Counseling Program Advising Sheet
  2. MS in Mental Health Counseling Program Advising Sheet (54 credit hour program - closed to new students)
  3. MS in Mental Health Counseling Program Advising Sheet (60 credit hour program)
  4. MS in Addictions Counseling Program Advising Sheet
  5. Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Advising Sheet
  6. School Counseling Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
  7. Clinical Mental Health Counselor Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
  8. Clinical Addictions Counselor Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
  9. State Counseling Licensure Transfer Patch Advising Sheet
Sample State Licensure Forms

The documents at the links below are taken from the State of Indiana licensure applications forms for mental health and addictions counseling licensure. Each form details where our courses fit into the required educational content areas for licensure.

  1. State of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
  2. LMHC sample application Form C
  3. LMHCA sample application Form C
  4. LAC sample application Forms C and P
  5. LCAC sample application Forms C and P


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