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Video: MPS in Addictions Counseling Career Outlook

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Steve Wicks: Hi, I'm Steve Wicks, Enrollment Advisor for graduate programs at CCAPS. If you're interested in the Addictions Counseling program, you're probably asking yourself, what are the job prospects? So let's dig into what the career outlook is for addictions counselors with our Director of Graduate Studies Deborah Wamsley.

Debra Wamsley: For an MPS student in Addictions Counseling, the job market's very good. Attitudes about addiction are changing. More people are seeking help. More employers are offering employee assistance programs that provide alcohol and drug abuse services, people with drug-related charges are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than jail, and many counselors are reaching retirement age. The need for addictions counselors will be especially pertinent in rural and under-served communities.

Steve: Where do addictions counselors typically find work?

Debra: Outpatient mental health and substance abuse agencies, residential mental health and substance abuse facilities, individual and family services, hospitals, or government agencies.

Melissa G, ADDC student: I think this program prepares you very much for your eventual career.

Kai N., ADDC student: They would provide, you know, many different resources for us to enhance our counseling skills.

Jon E., ADDC graduate: I think most important is I gained resilience.

Kai N.: Being able to transfer what I learned in class into real-life application has been really helpful.

Debra: The field of addictions counseling is growing. So if you're driven to help people, we can help you find a career path.

Steve: If you'd like to learn more about the Addictions Counseling program, let's connect. You can email me or schedule an appointment to chat.

Text on screen: ccaps.umn.edu/ADDC; ccapssteve@umn.edu; 612-301-6127