What is a Substance Use & Recovery Counseling Emphasis?
The Department of Counseling and Human Services within the College of Education at UCCS offers students who have been accepted into the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program the opportunity to seek certification as a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) candidate upon graduation. The university curriculum is designed to meet the core curriculum standards set forth by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). The UCCS Substance Use and Recovery Counseling program has maintained the status NAADAC Approved Provider since 2016. For further information regarding NAADAC's Approved Education Provider programming, see the NAADAC Approved Education Provider landing page at http://www.naadac.org/providers. Students may complete the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services and the addictions emphasis simultaneously. UCCS is one of the few Masters of Arts degree programs in the state of Colorado that embeds the competencies to meet LAC credentialing.
How Does the Substance Use & Recovery Counseling Emphasis Work?
Once admitted to the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program at UCCS, students declare an emphasis in Substance Use & Recovery Counseling which requires specific coursework (18 credit hours). In addition to being able to complete all the academic requirements, students who engage in substance use and recovery counseling during their practicum and internship and receive supervision from a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) can count those hours toward their LAC certification upon graduation from the program and completion of the Master Addiction Counselor Exam (MAC). The Substance Use and Recovery Counseling program at UCCS is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, and all addictions courses can be used when applying for the Master of Addiction Counseling (MAC) credential through NAADAC.
Substance Use and Recovery Counseling Program Information
Substance Use and Recovery Counseling Program Mission
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Substance Use and Recovery Counseling undergraduate and graduate programs maintain rigorous, high-quality coursework, that exceeds the requirements for the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) curriculum. The Substance Use and Recovery Counseling program are a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, and all courses attend to the requirements outlined by NAADAC, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (as outlined in the SAMHSA Practitioner Education Expansion grant). Our program recognizes that addiction counselors and the clients they serve are multicultural beings whose identities and lived experience significantly impact the treatment process. Thus each class attends to the knowledge, skills, and awareness necessary to provide culturally responsive, clinically competent care to persons from all backgrounds. Students completing these courses will cultivate increased awareness, cultural humility, and cultural empathy through reflective practice. Additionally, students will engage in experiential activities and skills-focused role-play assignments; these activities enable the instructor to provide timely feedback regarding the use of clinical skill, and professional development. All Substance Use and Recovery Counseling courses train students in the use of trauma-informed evidence-based treatment modalities, with an emphasis on holistic and healing-centric care.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Practitioner Education (Prac-Ed) Expansion Program at UCCS
In September of 2020, the UCCS Substance Use and Recovery Counseling program was awarded a 2 year $198,205 grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Practitioner Education (SAMHSA Prac-Ed) Expansion program. This SAMHSA Prac-Ed grant has enabled the Substance Use and Recovery Counseling program to further develop the existing curriculum, and create new addictions courses. As part of the Prac-Ed grant, the program has hired a full-time Field Placement Coordinator, and part-time Graduate/Research Assistant.
Core (18 credits)
COUN 5100 - Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling
COUN 5330 - Issues/Ethics/Trends in Professional Counseling
COUN 5510 - Principles of Addiction Treatment
COUN 5520 - Infectious Diseases in Mental Health Treatment
COUN 5960 - Psychopharmacology
COUN 5970 - Advanced Pharmacology
COUN 5530 - Motivational Interviewing I & II
COUN 5590 - Supervision I & II
Schedule an admissions and information interview with a Department of Counseling and Human Services faculty member early in the process. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call (719) 255-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up the appointment.