Addiction counseling professionals who can provide support to individuals and families experiencing the fallout of alcohol and substance abuse are in high demand in communities across the country.

Housed under the Department of 心理学和行为神经科学, 这个证书将为你提供这些知识, skills and attitudes necessary to pursue a career as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in Texas. This program meets the 270 educational hours required of the Texas Department of State 卫生服务 and prepares you to become a Counselor Intern if you meet the other requirements (including criminal background check) for the profession. 请参阅许可证的要求和标准 德州行政法典 

This is the only program of its kind offered in a four-year university in Texas, and it provides training in gold standard evidence-based treatments for addiction including cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. 基于科学研究和循证实践, the Certificate in 循证成瘾咨询 program will empower you to give individuals the tools they need to remain in recovery and repair and strengthen relationships with family, 朋友和同事.

Completing this certificate will increase your chances of getting competitive paid positions as LCDC-I upon graduation. In 2022–2023, this certificate program is open to students majoring in 心理学, 行为神经科学, 社会工作或社会学. Students with other majors who are interested in this program should consult with the program director, Dr. 凯利E. 绿色,在 kellygr@jammunewsline.com

如果你知道你想要一个帮助别人的职业, 但我不确定你是否想读研, then this certificate provides a pathway to serve as an addiction counselor with your bachelor degree. 

如果你在攻读心理学学位, 行为神经科学, 社会学或社会工作, consider adding a certificate in 循证成瘾咨询. The 19-credit-hour certificate overlaps with many courses already required for 心理学和行为神经科学. 

结果

This certificate gives students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for addiction counselors and the transdisciplinary foundations that guide evidence-based addiction treatment, 包括(1)理解成瘾, (2)治疗知识, (3)应用于实践和(4)专业准备.

This certificate program helps students forge a career path in the helping professions that doesn’t require graduate training. 

美国.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 23% job growth for substance abuse counselors from 2020 – 2030, which is much higher than the average 11% projected growth rate for other professions. The growth in this field is partially due to the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to include substance abuse treatment coverage in all medical plans. There is also increased focus on addiction as a public health issue, and decreasing stigma about addiction and recovery are decreasing barriers that have prevented people from seeking help when needed. 考虑到这些趋势, it is likely that job growth will continue for addiction counselors, 谁的收入中位数是47美元,660 in 2020. 

对于想要读研究生的学生, completing this certificate improves their applications to graduate programs, and becoming a LCDC-I gives them a way to work part-time while attending graduate school and gaining valuable experience in the field.