Start your journey towards becoming an addictions or substance abuse counselor

Introduction to Addictions Counseling explores the core functions of assessing and treating substance abuse disorders and provides an overview of the tactics, knowledge, and attitudes 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.

This course serves as an ideal starting point for those eager to pursue careers in addictions or substance abuse counseling and can stack into a MSU Denver credential or degree.

Flexible schedule

Course can be completed in 4-8 weeks and is self-paced online.

Career advisement

Receive a personal advising session with an industry leader.

High job demand

Gain a competitive edge.

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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