Create space for support and empathy - Begin your journey towards becoming an Addictions or Substance Abuse Counselor

Becoming an addiction or Substance Abuse Counselor 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 substance abuse 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 the counseling process and treatment outcomes.

After completing this Introduction to Addictions Counseling course online over the course of 8-weeks, 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.

Flexible schedule

Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.

Career advisement

Receive a personal advising session with an industry leader.

High job demand

You will enhance your resume with critical skills.

Career Pathways for Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling

Approximate return on investment for each academic pathway

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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 required courses.

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

Pathway 3: Expand your learning and add a certification to your resume as a certified substance abuse counselor.

  • 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.

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