WCSU Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ADDICTION STUDIES

Shane Murphy, Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (203) 837-9398
murphys@wcsu.edu
Carol O’Connor, Dept. Secretary
Phone: (203) 837-8470
oconnorc@wcsu.edu    

 

Full-time faculty, Licensed Clinical Psychologists: N. Gallucci, S. Murphy, L. Oberleitner
Full-time faculty: M. Aloni, D. Barrett, B. Gee, R. Gustafson, R. Khoo, J. Kraybill, T. Kuther, M. Nelson, P. O’Neill
Part-time faculty, Licensed Clinical Psychologists: J. Conrad (LADC), M. Murphy (LADC)
Part-time faculty: K. Sharpe

 

Financial aid may be available pending approval by the U.S. Department of Education

Program Overview and Mission

The WCSU M.S. in Addiction Studies will give students the skills to understand the development and maintenance of substance use disorder problems and the effective behavioral change interventions to treat them. Graduates will be able to develop and implement individual treatment plans, lead effective group counseling, counsel clients with substance use disorders and related problems, understand current research on the psychopharmacology of addiction, and work with families and community agencies to implement behavior change and develop effective prevention programs. Graduates will be given the preparation needed to be community leaders in substance use disorders treatment and prevention.

Certification and Job Prospects

Graduates will be prepared for the certification of: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

The LADC in Connecticut requires a Master’s degree in a Behavioral Science as well as supervised experience in the field. Additional requirements for licensure are:

  • 300 hours of supervised practical training in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.
  • Two years of supervised work experience.

The M.S. includes a supervised internship.

Graduates will be prepared to apply for jobs as counselors, supervisors, team leaders, inpatient managers, outpatient coordinators, and other careers in the substance use disorders field. Given the unfortunate and devastating surge in opioid use in New England, there is every expectation that graduates will be able to gain immediate employment as they work toward the two years of supervised work experience requirement for LADC. Connecticut has the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation in the nation – 2,600 jobs (www.bls.gov.).

Program Learning Goals and Objectives

The MS in Addiction Studies will produce professionals who:

  1. Apply the diagnostic criteria for Substance Use Disorders (SUD; DSM-5) and related psychological disorders across diverse populations. 
  2. Develop and implement treatment plans and propose risk reduction interventions. 
  3. Apply theoretical and evidence-based principles to lead effective individual, family and group counseling for SUDs. 
  4. Employ and articulate the professional values and ethics specific to intervention and prevention in this field.  
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply and conduct research on addiction services and psychopharmacological treatment. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be admitted to the M.S. in Addiction Studies must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. Online Application
  2. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education at time of entry into the program.
  3. One official transcript mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degrees. Mail transcripts to Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 Attention: Office of Graduate Admissions. Electronic transcripts can be forwarded to graduateadmissions@wcsu.edu   
  4. Applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) must be at least a 3.0 for admission consideration into program.
  5. An interview with the department admissions committee.
  6. It is preferred for students to have skills (e.g., completed coursework) in the following areas. Such courses are not required. Applicants should specify the relevant courses or experiences they have completed.
    • research methods in the behavioral sciences
    • basic understanding of the DSM-5
    • applied experience in psychology or a related field
    • psychological statistics

Degree Requirements

Completion of the following:

Choose one option

Option 1 : Full-time Pathway ___       Option 2 : Part-time Pathway ___

Core Addiction Studies Courses (16 credits)
PSY 592 Substance Use Counseling: Assessment and Counseling  4
PSY 593 Substance Use Counseling: Drugs and Behavior 4
PSY 594 Substance Use Counseling: Counseling Techniques 4
PSY 595 Substance Counseling: Applied individual and Group Counseling 4
Additional Required Courses (15 credits)
PSY 5** Program Evaluation and Data Analysis 3
PSY 5** Advanced Assessment, Prevention and Therapy of Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occuring  Disorders
PSY 5** Professional Development and Ethics for Treatment Providers 3
PSY 5** The Psychopharmacology of Addiction and Medication Assisted Treatment 3
PSY 5** Current Topics in Substance Use Disorders Assessment and Treatment 3
Internship (3 credits)
PSY 506 Internship in Addiction Studies 3
150 hours of supervised practical training in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Master Project (3 credits)
PSY 526 Master Project   3
Completed in one semester or over the entire program.
Total credits 37

** These courses are waiting approval at WCSU.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the program begin?
    For both full-time and part-time students, classes begin in the Fall. Full-time students can complete all program requirement in a year; part-time students in two years..
  • How much is tuition?
    Student tuition rates and fees, and information on financial aid, can be found at: Tuition and Fees
  • Are Graduate Assistantships available?
    Yes. Contact the Graduate Coordinator for information.
  • Can courses be taken online?
    Some designated courses are offered online.
  • Is there an interview for admission?
    Yes. This is scheduled after review of application materials.
  • Is there an internship?
    Yes. This can be arranged by the student with approval of the Graduate Coordinator, or in cooperation with the faculty.
  • Do I have to be a psychology major to apply?
    No. Applications are encouraged from a variety of related fields.

 

Course Schedule for Fall 2019 Cohort:

FULL-TIME PATHWAY

Fall 2019

PSY 592. Substance Use Counseling: Assessment and Counseling. (4 Cr)

PSY 5** Advanced Assessment, Prevention and Therapy of Substance Use Disorders & Co-Occurring Disorders (3 Cr)

PSY 5** Professional Development and Ethics for Treatment Providers (3 Cr)

PSY 5** Current Topics in Substance Use Disorders Assessment and Treatment (3 Cr)

Winter 2019

PSY 5** The Psychopharmacology of Addiction and Medication Assisted Treatment (3 Cr) Online option.

Spring 2020

PSY 593. Substance Use Counseling: Drugs and Behavior. (4 Cr)

PSY 5**. Masters Project. (3 Cr)

PSY 5**. Internship in Addiction Studies. (3 Cr)

PSY 5**. Program evaluation and data analysis (3 Cr)

Summer I 2020

PSY 594. Substance Use Counseling: Counseling Techniques. (4 Cr)

Summer II 2020

PSY 595. Substance Use Counseling: Applied Individual and Group Counseling. (4 Cr)

TOTAL: 37 Credits

 

PART-TIME PATHWAY

Fall 2019

PSY 592. Substance Use Counseling: Assessment and Counseling. (4 Cr)

PSY 5** Professional Development and Ethics for Treatment Providers (3 Cr)

Winter 2019

PSY 5** The Psychopharmacology of Addiction and Medication Assisted Treatment (3 Cr) Online option.

Spring 2020

PSY 593. Substance Use Counseling: Drugs and Behavior. (4 Cr)

PSY 5**. Internship in Addiction Studies. (3 Cr)

Summer I 2020

PSY 594. Substance Use Counseling: Counseling Techniques. (4 Cr)

Summer II 2020

PSY 595. Substance Use Counseling: Applied Individual and Group Counseling. (4 Cr)                                                                                  

Fall 2020

PSY 5** Advanced Assessment, Prevention and Therapy of Substance Use Disorders & Co-Occurring Disorders (3 Cr)

PSY 5** Current Topics in Substance Use Disorders Assessment and Treatment (3 Cr)

Spring 2021

PSY 5** Masters Project. (3 Cr)

PSY 5** Program evaluation and data analysis (3 Cr)

TOTAL: 37 Credits