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Mental Health and Addiction Counseling, A.A.S.


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(CIP 51.1501)

281-756-3652

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling provides theory, skills and knowledge used in the field of human services. Mental Health and Addiction Counseling professionals work with people experiencing a wide range of problems, including those with developmental disabilities, individuals with mental health problems or disorders, people with substance abuse problems, clients with work- or educational-related issues, or those needing assistance with basic life need issues such as housing, food, and clothing. Mental Health and Addiction Counseling professionals work with children, adults, groups, families and the elderly. This program will prepare you to work in human services, mental health and addiction counseling under supervision until completion of licensure requirements. The Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling also provides 15 credit hours in the Field of Study of Social Work. Courses taken in this Field of Study are eligible for transfer to all Texas public institutions of higher education and can be applied to the student’s degree program in baccalaureate social work and related degree programs. Students with a degree in mental health and addiction counseling work in several capacities and jobs, including case managers or case workers, counselors, advocates, and prevention or education specialists. Many graduates work one-on-one with clients in direct care positions, while others work behind the scenes or in administrative or management positions. Mental Health and Addiction counseling professionals work in government- or state-funded agencies, in non-profit agencies, in residential treatment programs and hospitals, and in private offices or agencies.

After completing the required courses and practicum you will be eligible to take the LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) licensure examination. After passing this examination, meeting state ethical and legal requirements and completing additional hours of supervised clinical training, you will be eligible to be licensed as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas.

Program requirements: In addition to general requirements for admission to the college, entry into Mental Health and Addiction Counseling requires an interview with the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Department.

First Year


Semester Credits: 15


Second Semester


Semester Credits: 15


Semester Credits: 3


Second Year


Semester Credits: 15


Second Semester


Semester Credits: 12


Total Credits Required for A.A.S. Mental Health and Addiction Counseling: 60


+ Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Pathways Advisor for proper course selection.

* Capstone Course

Δ Social Work Field of Study Curriculum

** Requires Department Chair approval

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