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Addictions Counseling


The A.A.S. in Addictions Counseling degree is designed to prepare students for careers in addictions counseling. The curriculum provides theoretical coursework along with practical, hands-on instruction and field experience necessary to attain certification as a certified supervised alcohol and drug counselor (CSC-AD). Successful graduates are also prepared for transfer to a 4-year institution for further study in psychology, social work, or related human services programs. Students already possessing a bachelor's degree who are seeking the coursework and supervised fieldwork needed to become certified in addictions counseling can also benefit from this program.

Addictions Counseling A.A.S. Degree

Graduates of the program earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Addictions Counseling.

Maryland State Certification

In order to apply for and take the state certification exam for Certified Supervised Counselor — Alcohol and Drug (CSC-AD), applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Associate degree in a health or human services counseling field
  • 24 credit hours of alcohol and drug counselor training with at least 1 credit hour in ethics of alcohol and drug counseling
  • Students should contact the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors for all licensure and certification requirements by calling 410-461-4732 or online at

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Program Goals

Upon completion of the A.A.S. in Addictions Counseling, students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the classification system of psychoactive drugs and the physical, psychological, behavioral, and social impact of these drugs on individuals struggling with abuse and dependency, their significant others and the community.
  • Describe the theoretical models used to explain the etiology of substance abuse and dependency.
  • Identify and explain the philosophies, policies and models of treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention for addiction and co-occurring disorders.
  • Identify established diagnostic criteria and appropriate screening instruments used to complete a comprehensive assessment of substance use disorders that is sensitive to age, gender, ethnicity, religion and disabilities and how to use that information to determine the need for in-patient services, community based treatment interventions and/or family involvement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of individual, group, family, and multicultural counseling modalities that facilitate behavioral change in the treatment of substance disorders and co-occurring disorders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core components of developing a successful client-counselor relationship and maintaining professional and ethical records in the field of counseling to include being able to identify and explain an addictions counselor’s obligations with respect to legal, ethical and behavioral standards of conduct.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop effective treatment plans that reflects knowledge of community resources, incorporates appropriate referrals and case management skills and provides for the coordination of services delivered by a multidisciplinary treatment team.

Addictions Counseling — A.A.S. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement (1)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (22 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • SPC101  Intro to Communication  3
  • PHL234  Death & Bereavement  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • SOC101  Principles of Sociology  3


  • BIO109  Human Biology & the Environment  4


  • MAT210  Introductory Statistics  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS105  Intro to Computers  3

Major Courses (36 credits)

  • PSY101  General Psychology  3
  • PSY102  Human Growth & Development  3
  • PSY240  Abnormal Psychology  3
  • PSY245  Psychology of Women  3
  • PSY250  Research Methods  3
  • PSY286  Drugs & Human Behavior  3
  • PSY2xx  Assessment & Treatment in Ad Counseling  3
  • PSY2xx  Ethics in Human Service & Ad Counseling  3
  • PSY2xx  Intro to Counseling & Case Mgmt  3
  • PSY2xx  Fieldwork in Addictions Counseling  6
  • SOC211  Social Problems  3

Elective (1 credit)

Choose courses after consultation with advisor.