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Total program credits needed for graduation: 92

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.283.8039, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

44 course quarter credits.

Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors (4 quarter credits)
Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
Assessment, Tests, and Measures (4 quarter credits)
Principles of Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment* (4 quarter credits)
Theories of Personality (4 quarter credits)
Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling (4 quarter credits)
Introduction to Clincal Mental Health Counseling (4 quarter credits)
Theories of Psychotherapy (4 quarter credits)
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy* (4 quarter credits)
Life Planning and Career Development (4 quarter credits)
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations (4 quarter credits)

Specific Residential Colloquia or Clinical Experience Courses

20 course quarter credits. All academic courses listed below include specific residential colloquia, practice, or clinical experiences. Learners must complete prerequisites to be eligible to complete each course in the sequence.

Addiction Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 1* (4 quarter credits)


Addiction Counseling Residential Colloquium Track 1* (non-credit)
Addiction Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 2* (4 quarter credits)


Addiction Counseling Residential Colloquium Track 2* (non-credit)
Addiction Counseling Clinical Practicum* (4 quarter credits)
Addiction Counseling Clinical Internship 1* (4 quarter credits)
Addiction Counseling Clinical Internship 2* (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

28 course quarter credits.

Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior* (4 quarter credits)
Human Sexuality (4 quarter credits)
Group Therapy and Treatment of Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors (4 quarter credits)
Theories and Models for the Treatment of Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors (4 quarter credits)
Interventions with Substance Abuse and Dependence (4 quarter credits)
Current Issues in Compulsive and Addictive Behavior Treatment (4 quarter credits)
Addiction Counseling Integrative Project* (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School's website.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete two six-day residential colloquia (COUN-R5940, COUN-R5941).

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week mini course.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 1.866.283.8039, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.