Guide Others through Addiction with a Bachelor’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling
Counseling people who are dealing with substance abuse is a critical area of the helping profession. Many people deal with addictions, and they need someone like you to help them through it. With our Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Substance Abuse Counseling degree, you’ll get the training you need to jump-start your career. You’re compassionate. You care about others, and you want to better understand why people may be struggling with substance abuse and how to help them.
By pursuing our substance abuse counseling degree, you’ll gain the skill set you need to work in group homes, treatment centers, hospitals, churches, nonprofits, or even your own private practice! So don’t wait any longer. The helping profession needs people like you who are caring, understanding, and ready to guide people through their life circumstances. Our substance abuse counseling degree is designed to help you gain the tools you need to help others at the professional level.
Why Choose Liberty’s Substance Abuse Counseling Bachelor’s Degree?
At Liberty, we care about academic excellence. We want you to have the best. That means you’ll be taught by professionals and given the best resources to help you gain valuable knowledge and experience. We value the time that you will put into your degree, and that means you need to be taught by people who are going to make your time here worthwhile.
Our professors are professionals in their field with real life experience and related degrees, and they are excited about teaching, guiding, and mentoring you throughout your academic journey. Along with an internship to get real-world experience in your field, Liberty’s faculty and resources will help you prepare to make a positive impact in your community whether you work with a church, nonprofit, hospital, school, or group home.
What Will You Learn in Our Psychology – Substance Abuse Counseling Degree?
At Liberty, we want to provide you with a degree that will help you stand out in your field. Our psychology and substance abuse counseling courses will give you the knowledge you need to be successful in your career after graduation or in graduate school. Some of the courses you’ll take cover topics on social psychology, behavioral modification, personality, multicultural counseling, statistics, and physiological psychology.
If you pursue this substance abuse counseling concentration, you’re also going to receive specialized knowledge with the following courses:
- Addictions and the Recovery Process
- Addictions Groups, Ethics, and the Community
- Advanced Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse
- Group Dynamics
- Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!
PSYC 312 – Social Psychology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior
- How an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others
- Interpersonal attraction, accuracy of eye-witness testimony, impact of television on aggression, and more
PSYC 341 – Psychology of Personality
In this course, you will study the major historical and contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality, emphasizing the role of the dynamics of personality.
PSYC 365 – Psychological Foundations of Learning
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of human learning, including an examination of conditioning, behavioral modeling, cognitive development, and high level thought processes
- Models of behaviorism
- Social learning, cognitive development, memory, and motivation
- Attribution theories
PSYC 420 – Psychology and Christianity
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology
- Philosophical foundations
- The major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines
Highlights of Our Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling Degree
- Christ-centered courses that give you the cutting edge in research and counseling techniques
- Multiple areas of study to help you specialize in the career you want to pursue
- Faculty-student mentoring in research projects with the potential of presentation publication of your research as an undergraduate student
- Multiple psychology events and internship opportunities are available to give you real work and training experience
- Academic trips available to Ecuador, New York, and Poland
- Our psychology club—Club Psych—allows you to interact with professors and peers in the field
Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Psychology – Substance Abuse Counseling Graduates
- Addiction Counselor
- Church Counselor
- Counselor in a Group Home
- Counselor/Psychologist with a Private Practice
- Residential Treatment Counselor/Psychologist
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Treatment Center Counselor/Psychologist
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.