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Create space for support and empathy

Counseling requires patience, empathy, and a passion for helping others. Addiction Counseling is providing support and treatment for people who are dealing with substance use and the mental health disorders that come with it.

Introduction to Addictions Counseling explores the core functions of assessing and treating substance abuse disorders and gives an overview of the tactics, knowledge, and attitude needed to be an effective counselor. The course teaches therapeutic communication skills such as active listening, empathy, reflection, and affirmation. You will also explore the implications of culturally diverse populations during counseling process and treatment outcomes.

After completing this course, you will be ready to continue to a certificate or degree in Human Services and Counseling at MSU Denver or be equipped with basic skills and knowledge that can help you or a loved one struggling with addiction.

The class is taught by MSU Denver faculty experts in the field, 100 percent online, eight weeks long, and self-paced.

About the course

Spring 2023 schedule

  • Registration opens – Mid-November
  • Classes start – February 1
  • Last day to register – March 1
  • Class ends – April 1

Credit-By-Exam to convert the class to credit

  • Registration opens – March 1
  • Registration closes – April 15
  • Credit-By-Exam must be completed – May 15

Cost

The course is $395, with a $35 transaction fee per payment. There are no books to purchase.

Credit-By-Exam

If you choose to convert the noncredit class to credit through Credit-By-Exam, the cost is $122 with no transaction fee.

What do I receive after I pass the course?

After successfully completing the Introduction to Addictions Counseling course, you will receive a certificate of completion. You can also request to receive a digital badge that will be embedded with the competencies learned. You can include this badge on your resume, LinkedIn page, portfolio, or share it with an employer.

You will also receive a personal advisement session with industry leader and professor at MSU Denver, Patrick Griswold

Course description

Students in the Introduction to Addictions Counseling course will review the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be effective counselors. In addition, students will examine the etiology, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders. Students also examine ethical and multicultural issues, trauma-informed care, and clinician self-care.

Learning objectives and competencies gained:

  • Identify ethical and legal challenges in the counseling profession
  • Analyze the implications of culturally diverse populations on the counseling process and treatment outcomes.
  • Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills such as active listening, empathy, reflection, affirmation and summaries.
  • Critique models regarding the etiology, assessment and treatment of substance use and mental health disorders.
  • Evaluate tools and instruments for the assessment of substance use and mental health disorders
  • Describe the key elements of Trauma Informed Care and how it is used to address trauma in individuals, agencies and communities.
  • Discuss the importance of counselor self-care and develop a personalized self-care plan

Career Pathways

After taking the course, you can immediately enter the workforce or continue onto a degree through MSU Denver and increase your earning potential.

Pathway 1: Complete the Introduction to Addictions Counseling course and immediately enter the workforce.

  • The median salary is $31,500 a year.

Pathway 2: Continue your education by earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Services at MSU Denver. The Introduction to Addictions Counseling course can count toward the certificate’s required courses.

  • The median salary is $47,000 a year.

Pathway 3: Expand your learning and add a certification to your resume.

  • The median salary is $57,000 a year.

Pathway 4: Enhance your earning power with MSU Denver’s Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health. The Introduction to Addiction Counseling course can count toward the degree’s required courses.

  • The median salary is $67,000 a year.

 

About the instructor

Patrick Griswold has 20+ years experience in the behavioral health field as a clinician, administrator, and educator. In addition to being a licensed mental health and addiction counselor, he is a RN with a specialty in mental health nursing.  Patrick is the former director of North Charles, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated substance abuse treatment program in Cambridge MA.  He has provided trainings and supervision for Harvard Medical School residents, he is currently on faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Human Services and Counseling, and Nursing Departments.

Patrick Grisworld

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