Addiction is the number one public health issue in the U.S. today, according to the National Association for Addiction Professionals in 2007. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that overall employment of counselors is expected to increase by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018. However, growth is expected to vary by specialty. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 21 percent, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Demand is particularly strong for rehabilitation, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors because drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than to jail.
Degree and Certificate Programs
AACC offers an A.A.S. degree and a certificate in Addiction Counseling to prepare students for careers in addiction counseling and to enhance the knowledge and skills of those already working in the field. Skills include individual, family and group counseling techniques, as well as assessment, treatment planning, prevention and other topics related to addiction.
Addiction counselors work in a variety of settings, including prevention programs, inpatient rehabilitation, intensive outpatient programs, clinics, detoxification settings, medical and psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, residential settings, correctional facilities and schools.
Coursework for the degree includes 200 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork; the certificate includes 100 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork. The degree provides the necessary academic coursework to attain certification toward a certified supervised counselor-alcohol and drug (CSC-AD) by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors (contact the Board for all certification requirements).
For more information,call the Health Professions office at 410-777-7310 or contact Nicole Williams, Coordinator, Human Services.