The MS Addiction program courses are offered once per year, the courses are not sequential, students may take them in any order.
MS Addiction Psychology students complete a monitored practicum placement within an approved practicum site in order to obtain 600 hours of practicum experience.
Board Certification and State Licensure Laws
Certification and Licensure Requirements to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor
All states require either certification or licensure to practice as a substance abuse counselor. Most states have multiple levels of licensure, typically a bachelor's level license that requires ongoing supervision, and a master’s level license that allows independent practice. For example, the Arizona state licensing board offers three levels of licensure: Licensed Substance Abuse Technician (LSAT), Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC), and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC).
Additional information can be found at the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners website, https://www.azbbhe.us/.