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Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Requirements

Required Courses for All Options

Course Title Credits

CNS 505

Foundations of Counseling

3

CNS 506

Lifespan Development

3

CNS 507

Introduction to Mental Disorders

3
CNS 508

Culture and Identity

3
CNS 513

Counseling Theories

3
CNS 514

Counseling Techniques

3
CNS 516

Theory and Techniques in Career Counseling

3
CNS 517

Theory and Techniques in Group Counseling

3
CNS 518

Research Design and Program Evaluation

3
CNS 519

Professional Issues and Ethics

3
CNS 525

Testing and Appraisal

3
CNS 546

Psychopathology and Diagnosis

3
CNS 557

Theories of Addiction and Recovery

3
CNS 565

Practicum

3
CNS 566

Internship I

3
CNS 566

Internship II

3

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Course Title Credits

CNS 545

Advanced Techniques of Mental Health Counseling

3

CNS 548

Family Counseling

3

CNS 556

Counseling Trauma Survivors

3
CNS 559

Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

Addictions Counseling

Course Title Credits

CNS 527

Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances

3

CNS 537

Addiction Counseling Techniques

3

CNS 539

Addiction, Stress and Trauma

3
CNS 558

Family Counseling in Addiction

3

Certificate in Addictions Counseling Program

General Information

The Certificate in Addictions Counseling is designed for professionals currently working in addictions counseling or a related field, and for professionals with a master's degree in counseling who are interested in growing their expertise in the addictions field.

This 12-credit, post-baccalaureate certificate, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), is approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) as fulfilling educational requirements towards completion of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certifications. Credits may also be transferred into the Master of Arts in Counseling program upon completion.

Admission Requirements

  1. Verification of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a minimum 3.00 GPA. Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions must be provided.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Two letters of reference.
  4. A personal statement.
  5. Interview with graduate Counseling faculty.
  6. Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances. 

Required Courses 

Course Title Credits

CNS 527

Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances

3

CNS 537

Addiction Counseling Techniques

3

CNS 539

Addiction, Stress and Trauma

3
CNS 558

Family Counseling in Addiction

3

Advanced Specialty in Christian and Spiritual Counseling

In alignment with Waynesburg University’s emphasis on the connection between faith, learning, and serving, the Advanced Specialty in Christian and Spiritual Counseling trains students to gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to effectively and ethically integrate faith with the service-focused profession of counseling. This specialty is designed to train practicing counselors, counselors-in-training (post 60 credits), educators and/or other helping professionals, to address issues of religion and spirituality in a variety of counseling and ministry settings including, but not limited to: private practice, hospitals, community agencies, faith-based organizations, churches and chaplaincies.

Required Courses

Course Title Credits

CNS 509

Spiritual and Religious Values in Counseling

3

CNS 515

Theories and Techniques of Christian and Spiritual Counseling

3

CNS 547

Grief and Loss Counseling

3
CNS 555

Advanced Issues in Christian and Spiritual Counseling

3