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Substance Abuse Treatment Psy.D. Emphasis

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Specialize your Psy.D. Program with an Emphasis in Substance Abuse Treatment

Students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program can choose an emphasis to focus on a specific area in clinical psychology. Students apply to an emphasis of choice during their first or second year of study. During their first year, students interested in pursuing an emphasis should become acquainted with admissions criteria for their emphasis of choice, meet with the emphasis coordinator during the first year in the program, and attend emphasis activities.

Substance Abuse Psy.D. Program

This emphasis is designed to provide education and training in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) disorders. Coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focused on evidence-based research and best-practice standards.

Adler University is accredited as an Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA). This certification process is based on the Illinois Model for Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors.


Satisfactory completion of the following courses is required to complete the Substance Abuse Treatment emphasis:

Substance Abuse Treatment Courses

Total Credit Hours Required: 15

PSY 709 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 cr.)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders. Included is an overview of the information needed to assess along with the treatment models of addictive disorders.

PSY 645 - Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology (3 cr.)

This course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for the ethical practice of professional psychology. Students will learn the American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as well as the history of professional psychology and psychotherapy.

PSY 712 - Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addition (3 cr.)

Major theories of etiology, social dynamics, and psychology of alcohol and other drug disorders are presented within the context of human development. Clinical research is reviewed, which enhances a further understanding of the basic physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects. Impact on the individual, family, community, and organizations/systems is presented.

PSY 713 - Advanced Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 cr.)

This course will focus on the examination and evaluation of evidence-based treatment practices for addictive disorders, including process addictions. The course will also examine core functions of the alcohol and other drug therapist.

PSY 811 - Advanced Issues in Co-Occurring Disorders (3 cr.)

This advanced course builds on foundational knowledge from Introduction to Addictive Disorders (PSY 709) and Trauma-Focused Interventions (PSY 706). The course will explore selected theories and methods for engaging and retaining clients in substance abuse and trauma treatment.

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