Master of Arts in Addictive Disorders

Admission into the Master of Arts Degree Program in Addictive Disorders requires a Bachelor of Arts degree in Addictive Disorders (or other closely related discipline) from an approved or accredited institution (which degree includes the 45 Quarter units of required core courses listed above in the Certificate Program description.) If the underlying Bachelor of Arts Degree is in a closely related discipline but does not include all of the required core courses, Breining Institute offers a combination Master of Arts Degree in which the student will complete the Fast Track Section of the Certificate Program in Addictive Disorders prior to or concurrently with the below listed Graduate level courses in order to earn the Master of Arts Degree.

The requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Addictive Disorders include successful completion of 45 Quarter units of Graduate level course work in Addictive Disorders studies (which will include a 5,000+ word Thesis) and completion of a minimum of 40 hours of individual and/or group therapy.

After you complete the coursework, you must take and pass the nationally-administered Private-practice / Clinical Supervisor (PCS) Final Exam, available daily at over 500 test centers located throughout the United States and Canada.

The Graduate level courses in the Master of Arts Degree Program will include 45 Quarter units, and may include elective topics such as:                

  • New Developments in Addictive Disorders
  • Co-dependency or Nurturing
  • Dual Diagnosis Evaluation and Treatment
  • School and Youth Prevention Specialist
  • Program Administration and Supervision
  • Advanced Counseling Psychology
  • Women’s Issues and Special Populations
  • Body-Mind Techniques in Recovery
  • Alternative Health Care Resources
  • Nutrition and Exercise in Recovery Milieu
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Thesis – 5,000+ paper of original work

The Master of Arts Degree requires a minimum of 40 hours of individual and/or group therapy completed by the degree candidate at some point prior to the completion of the Master of Arts degree program (which may include pre-enrollment therapy).

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