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Addiction Counselor

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Dean: Dr. Cherilee Walker

Program Coordinator: Dr. Thomas C. Hall
Contact 913-288-7681 for further information

Combining traditional, theoretical, and experiential learning, the Addiction Counselor Training Program offers students the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. KCKCC's open learning environment, with scheduling and advising tailored to needs of both working professionals and traditional students, allows students the opportunity to develop personalized styles for the active learner.

Through satisfactory completion, students gain education and skills required in the treatment environment, with course work geared toward National Exams. To be licensed as an addiction counselor in the state of Kansas, applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution in a human services-related field. KCKCC, in conjunction with our 2+2 programs with other colleges and universities, is uniquely positioned with its lower fees and smaller class sizes to assist the student as they work to fulfill many of the Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board academic requirements as well as those of the state of Missouri. Degreed individuals holding a 4-year degree in a related field may pursue a certificate program through core addiction counseling courses in Addiction Studies in order to be eligible for licensure. (See the Program Coordinator for the latest certification and licensure requirements.)

Program applicants include individuals desiring to obtain their first degree, counselors working in a treatment facility, private practice, juvenile or adult probation/parole officers, counselors in mental health or community agencies, employee assistance professionals, or coordinators of substance abuse prevention services, as well as counselors or teachers in secondary and post secondary educational institutions.

Note: Students should observe the "See course description" footnotes that appear throughout the following programs. Many courses in these programs have prerequisites.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements
ENGL0101 Composition I*
3
ENGL0102 Composition II* or
ENGL0206 Technical Writing
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Mathematics Requirements
MATH0105 College Algebra* or
5
  Math Core Elective
3
Total
3-5
 
Humanities Requirements
THTR0105 Introduction to Acting
3
Total
3
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirements
PSYC0101 Psychology*
3
VTSP0102 Victim/Survivor Services
3
Total
6
 
Natural and Physical Sciences Requirements
BIOL0121 General Biology
5
Total
5
 
Total General Education Requirements
27-30
 
Technical Requirements
ADCN0101 Introduction to Addictions
3
ADCN0106 Individual Counseling Methods
3
ADCN0203 Culturally Informed Counseling
3
ADCN0204 Family Therapy
3
ADCN0205 Ethics: Addiction Counseling
3
ADCN0206 Problem and Compulsive Gambling
4
ADCN0209 Pharmacology:  Addiction Counseling
3
ADCN0210 Group Dynamics and Addictions I
3
ADCN0221 Counseling and Services Coordination
3
ADCN0250 Addiction Counseling Field Practicum I*
3
ADCN0251 Addiction Counseling Field Practicum II*
3
PSYC0297 Abnormal Psychology
3
Total Addiction Counselor Program Requirements
37
 
Total hours required for an Associate in Applied Science in Addiction Counselor Degree
64-67

*See course description for prerequisite.