Bachelor of Arts

Psychology with a concentration in Addictions Counseling

Emotions. Behavior. Mental Health. You want to help others, but you need to understand them first. Our addictions counseling courses are unique as we focus on simulated counseling sessions, diagnostic assessments, group counseling sessions and treatment plans. You will gain the foundation you need, through hands-on skills and clinical education, to obtain a chemical dependency licensure or go on to graduate school.

The addictions counseling concentration provides hands-on skills and clinical education in problems of substance use, abuse and dependence, as well as other related and co-occurring mental health addictive issues. Our program is designed to meet the educational requirements for Chemical Dependency Counselor licensure status, as well as the international certification standards in addiction counseling.

As a student in the program, you can complete an internship in the field and work on the 220 hours of practical experience in the 12 core areas that is required for licensure. If you achieve this and complete all of the required course work, you will only need one year of experience in the field (2,000 hours) to sit for the licensure exam in order to become licensed at the second highest level for chemical dependency counselors in Ohio. The only higher license in this field requires a master’s degree.

Before completion of your degree, you are eligible to apply for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant License (after taking CSL 310). Because of the current opiate epidemic, there is a shortage of chemical dependency counselors and many of our students report being able to find jobs in the field even before graduation.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Testimonial

“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

 

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences – 49 hours
Psychology Major – 36 hours
Concentration – 24 hours

  • CSL310 Introduction to Addiction Theory and Practice
  • CSL320 Counseling Procedures and Strategies with Addicted and Disordered Populations
  • CSL425 Group Process and Techniques Working with Addicted and Disordered Populations
  • CSL430 Cultural Competence in Counseling
  • CSL435 Assessment & Diagnosis of Addictive & Behavioral Health Problems
  • CSL440 Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Planning in Addictions
  • CSL445 Theory and Practice of Relationship Counseling in Addictions & Behavioral Health
  • SCS470 Internship I

Total BA hours 121-123 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Introduction to Addiction Theory and Practice (CSL310) - This course is designed to examine the etiology, risk factors, and treatment of alcoholism and other addictions. Focus will include historical and research foundations with the understanding of the trans-disciplinary foundations of the substance abuse theory and professional practice.

Counseling Procedures and Strategies with Addicted and Disordered Populations (CSL320) - This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and experience in therapeutic factors, techniques, methods and basic skills relative to effective counseling. Specific focus will include an introduction to the practice of individual counseling with the micro-skills approach (Ivey). Students will demonstrate competence with basic counseling theory and skills through simulated counseling sessions. Counseling skills and intervention strategies will be practiced through in-class exercises.

Group Process and Techniques Working with Addicted Populations and Disordered Populations (CSL425) - This course addresses the patterns and dynamics of groups in a treatment and growth process. Focus includes group counseling, structure, types, stages, development, leadership, therapeutic factors and the impact of groups on the individual and larger systems. Effective group facilitation skills and techniques used to address diversity issues and special population needs are addressed.

  • Addictions or Mental Health Case Manager (outpatient or inpatient)
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Community Organizer
  • Cultural-Diversity Trainer
  • Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Foster Care Organizations
  • Graduate School
  • Head Start Programs
  • Hospice Centers
  • International Organizations
  • Individual and Group Chemical Dependency Counselor (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Intake and Assessment Worker (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Mental Health Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Program Evaluator
  • Psychoeducational Specialist
  • Research and People-Oriented Jobs in the Criminal Justice and Business Fields (e.g. Human Resources)
  • Residential Manager of Group Homes
  • Sober Living and Halfway Houses Worker
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Victim Services Organizations

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Bayshore
  • Crosswaeh
  • Firelands
  • LCADA Way
  • Oriana House
  • Private Practice
  • Seneca County Job and Family Services
  • The Woods at Parkside

Testimonials

  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small the class sizes are because I really know the majority of my professors pretty well. More importantly, they know me really well and are aware of my future goals and aspirations. I know that I could seek help from any one of my mentors and they would give me the best advice that they had.

    -Beata Krembuszewski '17

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015
    "I chose TU because of its reputation for excellence, national recognition, many extracurricular opportunities and because it offers in a small, diverse college environment. I have learned the significance of academics, leadership, diversity, communication, and relationships. TU allowed me to get out of my comfort zone in order to lead and inspire. It has prepared me to make wise and imperative decisions that will benefit me in my career and my life.”

    – Ivan Santiago, Class of 2015

    Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015
  • “The main challenge I overcame in order to become a Dragon was the language barrier and the financial situation. However, Tiffin University gave the opportunity to join my passion for soccer with my dream of having an education in the U.S. As part of the soccer team, I was able to overcome my language barrier and have the best experience of my life. For that, I will always be thankful.”

    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Students in game room
  • Xin Guo
    "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

    Xin Guo
  • "I chose Tiffin University because I heard so many great things about it from other students. Now that I am here, I am very happy. TU has numerous resources on campus, such as the Pfeiffer Library and Student Success Center. These places offer assistance for all of my academic needs."

         - Ali Alshehri, Saudi Arabia

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community

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