Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The Addiction Treatment and Recovery specialization is designed for graduate program counseling learners who want to increase their knowledge of substance abuse, addiction, and compulsive behaviors. Learners will expand their knowledge of addiction theory and treatment and intervention for individuals and groups. The curriculum also emphasizes developmental and multicultural considerations and ethical and legal issues associated with providing treatment/interventions for diverse populations.  Learners complete two foundational addiction courses and choose two out of three other courses specific to work with addiction and recovery. This specialization is available to MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling learners and is completed as part of a 90-credit entry level CACREP-accredited program curriculum.  This specialization is not designed to prepare students to pursue professional licensure in the addictions field. It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with the requirements for your state. Review Capella’s professional licensure page for more information.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Identify and apply ethical, legal and professional standards specific to addictions treatment and recovery.
  • Integrate knowledge of addictions counseling theory, research, and professional literature to choose activities that promote optimal well-being and recovery in individuals, families, groups, and systems.
  • Develop diagnoses and treatment plans/interventions for substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors that integrate awareness of multicultural and social justice competencies.
  • Communicate in a manner that is ethical, scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations for members of professional communities.

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Behavioral health case manager
  • Behavioral health/EAP consultant
  • Behavioral health therapist
  • Counselor
  • Licensed mental health therapist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Mental health clinician
  • Mental health professional
  • Mental health therapist

Employment Settings to Explore

  • Finance and insurance
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Public administration

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include work environment, organization culture, benefits, monetary compensation, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 


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