Earn Your MS in Christian Substance Abuse Counseling
Faith and spirituality are integral components of substance abuse and addictive disorder recovery. Christian substance abuse counseling focuses on integrating biblical principles and truths with evidence-based treatment modalities. The intersection of faith and addiction recovery can help give patients a strong foundation to move forward with a substance-free life. If you feel called to deliver counseling services rooted in theological wisdom, you can apply for the Master of Science in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders program at Grand Canyon University.
Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this Christian substance abuse counseling MS degree is an intensive survey of psychological theory and counseling practices, presented within a biblical framework that expands upon the Christian worldview. Students explore the cultural, familial and sociological influences on people with addictions. There is an emphasis on character formation, stages of spiritual growth and personal spiritual health for the counselor.
A master’s degree is an eligibility requirement for pursuing counseling licensure in many states. This Master of Science in Christian substance abuse counseling program may prepare graduates to seek licensure in Arizona as an addiction counselor. The courses are designed to align with the national academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Study Psychology and Addiction from a Christian Perspective
Immerse yourself within GCU’s welcoming and supportive learning environment as you expand your knowledge of Scripture and biblical truths. Benefit from the diverse perspectives of your peers and fully qualified instructors as you work through the curriculum online or on-campus. All students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and qualities of servant leadership, as well as to think analytically about matters of professional ethics.
Some of the courses included with this master’s degree include the following:
- Biblical Foundations for Counselors: The Story of God
- Spiritual Formation: Becoming a Healthy Practitioner
- Integration of Scripture with Counseling Theory
- Psychopharmacology and Addictions
- Co-Occurring Disorders
Students learn to make genuine connections with their clients by integrating Christian wisdom and ethics into their practice. The MS in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders curriculum is designed to inspire students to deepen their own understanding of biblical truths while preparing to discuss addictive disorders and related issues from the Christian perspective. Other key topic areas include the following:
- The stages, processes and effects of substance use disorders
- Substance use disorders in family systems
- Assessment and diagnostic tools, and appropriate treatment interventions
- Behavioral, psychological, physiological and social effects of psychoactive substances
In addition, all students are required to complete the Pre-Practicum and the Practicum/Internship. These are two supervised fieldwork experiences designed to develop the student’s counseling skills within a real-world setting.
Prepare to Meet the Demand in Substance Abuse Counseling by Earning Your Master of Science in Christian Counseling for Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
Prepare to serve and lead others in God’s name as you work toward becoming a Christian substance abuse counselor. Professionals in this field often find it personally fulfilling to effect positive change in individuals, families and their communities. This master’s degree may prepare students to pursue counseling positions in any of the following settings:
- Private practices
- Hospitals and substance abuse clinics
- Inpatient and outpatient recovery programs
- Jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers
- Social service agencies
- Faith-based organizations
Counseling licensure requirements may vary from state to state. Students are expected to understand the licensing requirements for the state in which they wish to practice.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.