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Addiction Counseling

Addiction Counseling Program Overview


The University of Providence Addiction Counseling programs emphasize a solid knowledge base in the area of addiction studies. Although the field of addiction is broad, the programs at UP emphasize treatment and intervention for the chemically dependent.

UP offers the Addiction Counseling content as an Associate of Arts degree, and as an undergraduate or graduate level certificate, for individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

Programs are delivered online; no travel is necessary. The Associate of Arts degree and the undergraduate certificate can be completed in two years. The graduate certificate can be completed in three years.

Program Curriculum


Addiction Counseling Degree


Skills You’ll Learn

Students who earn an undergraduate or graduate certificate in Addiction Counseling from the University of Providence will learn these skills and more:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Self-awareness and self-management skills
  • Interpersonal relationship tools
  • Addictions assessment skills
  • Understanding human behavior
  • Individual and group helping skills


Career Outcomes

Employment of substance abuse counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. This program is structured to meet Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, and Texas state licensure requirements with the additional completion of supervised internship hours.


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Program Faculty

Michelle Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Heidi Peterson, M.S

Instructor of Psychology

Contact Information


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will it take to complete the Addiction Counseling program?

An Associate of Arts degree and the undergraduate certificate for Addictions Counseling can be completed in two years. The graduate certificate can be completed in three years.

How much will I make with an Addiction Counseling program?

Expect to make $31,500 as an unlicensed Addictions Counseling Intern, while a licensed Addictions Counselors can expect to make $37,500 – 52,000, according to the Department of Education.

What kind of jobs can I get after completing the Addiction Counseling program?

Licensed Addictions Counselor

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