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Addictions Program

Addictions Minor

The University of Idaho Addictions Minor Program is designed to provide all coursework required for an individual to become an Addiction’s Counselor in Idaho or Washington. This includes all coursework required by licensing agencies in both states. The courses focus on addiction’s counseling basics (e.g., theory, psychopharmacology, basic counseling skills) as well as focused classes (e.g., blood and airborne pathogens, relapse prevention, screening, assessment and placement). The classes are taught by faculty with either addiction’s research or counseling experience. While all courses are provided through Independent Study in Idaho, the Minor in Addiction’s is supervised through the U of I Department of Psychology & Communication Studies. All courses have been approved by the Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor Certification.

Other Certification Issues

  1. At U of I, certification courses are set up to be completed in 1.5 to 2 years.
  2. It is critical that you visit the appropriate certification board website. There you will find additional requirements you will need for certification. For example, depending on your academic degree, you may be required to have between 2000-6000 hours under clinical supervision.
  3. Considering addiction’s clients may have other psychological issues, the Addiction’s Program believes all students should complete the following Psychology Courses:

Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Learning or Applied Behavior Analysis.

Addiction’s Graduate Courses

Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree may also take Addiction’s related course work. Offered at the 500 level by Ph.D. level or IBADCC board-certified instructors, these classes provide additional training and knowledge above requirements required at the 400 level. These courses are currently under development. NOTE: Students accepted into these classes are screened before acceptance. These courses can also be applied toward the Advanced Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (ACADC) certification.

Contact Dr. Barton: barton@uidaho.edu.

General overview of Idaho requirements.

We hope you find the information useful and helpful for decisions related to addictions counseling.

Psychology & Communication Studies

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710

Email: psyc-comm@uidaho.edu

Web: Psychology and Communication Studies Department

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