The Addictions Counseling Degree emphasizes a solid knowledge base in the area of addiction studies. Growth in self-awareness and therapeutic skills leads to professional and ethical practice. Although the field of addiction is broad – covering psychoactive substance use, abuse and dependency, gambling, eating disorders, relationships, sexual and a variety of other behaviors, the program at University of Providence emphasizes treatment and intervention for the chemically dependent.


Career Preparation 

Addictions Counselors provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction. Employment of substance abuse counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance.

Addictions Counseling Students will learn to: 

  1. Assess addiction disorders
  2. Treat addiction disorders
  3. Use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  4. Identify common co-occurring disorders
  5. Refer clients to other professionals as appropriate

The degree is structured to meet state licensure requirements with the additional completion of supervised internship hours.


What Makes the Program Unique?

Faculty with specialized training, internship opportunities, etc.


Mary Ann Dubay
Robert Packer