The MA in Psychological Counseling—Addiction Studies Track is intended for students seeking licensure as Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC) in New Jersey. The track prepares students to become addictions counselors who work with individuals, groups, couples, and families impacted by various types of substance use and addictive disorders. It is accredited by INCASE (International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education).
The Addiction Studies Track was developed to meet the educational requirements for the LCADC, a New Jersey state license. Since it's not possible to meet LCADC requirements within 30 credits, students in this track are required to complete 11 courses totaling 33 credits.
PC 505 Mental Health Counseling is taken during the first term of study in order to advance through the program. View the curriculum chart here.
The curriculum covers the ten core areas required for LCADC licensure in New Jersey. Because the licensing board is the final arbiter of your eligibility of licensure, each student must verify with the board that his/her studies are acceptable for licensure. All students in the program are assigned an academic advisor who will guide them in the licensure process.
The Addiction Studies Track prepares graduates to be professional counselors in a variety of settings: