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LCADC Core Areas

In order to complete the educational requirements for the LCADC, students in the MA in Addiction Studies must take the following courses:

  • Counseling Theory and Practice – PC 525 Counseling Theory and Techniques.
  • The Helping Relationship – PC 542 Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Human Growth and Development and Maladaptive Behavior – PC 512 Psychopathology
  • Lifestyle and Career Development – PC 546 Substance Awareness in the Schools
  • Group Dynamics, Processing, Counseling and Consulting – PC 550 Group Counseling
  • Appraisal of Individuals – PC 544 Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Foundations – PC 540 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Research and Evaluation – PC 510 Community Mental Health
  • The Counseling Profession – PC 505 Mental Health Counseling
  • Pharmacology and Physiology – PC 545 Psychopharmacology
  • Practicum – PC 595 Practicum

PC 540: Introduction to Drug/Alcohol Abuse is a pre-requisite for taking PC 542, PC 544 and PC 546. Students must also complete 24 credits before they are eligible to take PC 595 Practicum in which students are required to complete 100 field placement hours in an alcohol and drug treatment facility.

The coursework outlined above meets the 270 classroom hours of alcohol and drug specific education that is required for the LCADC license. It is important to note that the LCADC license requires completion of 3,000 supervised field hours and passing a written national alcohol/drug counselor exam, however those requirements are generally completed after you receive your master’s degree. Students are then able to work in the alcohol/drug field in the capacity of an assistant counselor.