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Working with individuals who suffer from alcohol and substance abuse problems, as well as a number of other mental illnesses, may be a challenging yet rewarding career. The patients these professionals work with may be facing the lowest points in their lives, and may truly be in need of help. In this way, a behavioral and substance abuse counselor may very well end up saving a number of lives throughout their career. In Kansas, counselors can begin their professional career as Licensed Addiction Counselors, and eventually toward becoming Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselors.

Kansas Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor Schools

There are a number of substance abuse counselor schools in Kansas for students to choose from. Students can also attend online programs, if they so choose, as well.

  • Allen Community College: Allen Community College offers three different pathways for students looking to become addiction counselors. Students can choose to either enter the school's Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science programs, which last a standard four semesters. Alternatively, students can opt to attend the school's certificate program, which lasts two semester.

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College: KCKCC offers an Associate of Applied Science program in Addiction Counseling. The 64-credit program features 34 credits specifically focused on addiction counseling, and acts as a bridge to a bachelor program from a four-year school.

  • Kansas Wesleyan University: Kansas Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Psychological Services prepares students for entry-level positions in substance abuse counseling. The school and program have recently been voted as one of 30 Great Small Colleges for a Counseling Degree and Top 25 Colleges for a Counseling Degree by Best Psychology Degrees and Best Counseling Degrees, respectively.

  • Washburn University: Washburn University provides students with an opportunity to earn a certificate in Addiction Counseling. The 33-credit hour program meets state requirements regarding licensing for addiction counselors when combined with a Bachelor's degree in a service-related field.

  • Argosy University (Online): Argosy University offers a bachelor's in the art of psychology program, with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling. Throughout the program, students will be trained in assessment and treatment of substance abuse issues, as well as dealing with the familial issues involved with counseling.

Coursework for Kansas Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor Programs

The expectations and experience students should have depend on the program they decide to enter. Some of the above-listed substance abuse counselor programs in Kansas only prepare students to enter further studies through completion of prerequisite courses, while others provide the full preparatory coursework needed to begin a career as a behavioral counselor.

That being said, the programs provide varying levels of intensity and practice. Ultimately, though, students should be prepared to, at the very least, perform the following duties relating to substance abuse counseling:

  • Assessment of abuse and risk levels
  • Creating of individualized treatment plans
  • On-going assessment of plan's effectiveness

Perhaps most important is the understanding that each patient a counselor works with deserves individual attention. Professionals should anticipate having to approach each case from an objective and understanding perspective.

Kansas Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor License

In the state of Kansas, substance abuse counselors can become licensed on two levels.

  • Licensed Addiction Counselors must complete the above-mentioned coursework (specifically, a bachelor's degree program), including six semester hours of practicum, both in individual and group sessions. Once they earn their license, they must renew it every two years, during which time they also must complete 30 hours of continuing education.

  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselors must earn a master's degree in behavioral services, which includes a number of clinical hours and experiences.

Both levels of licensure require counselors to pass a national standardized exam.

Resources for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselors in Kansas

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More Kansas Substance Abuse Counselors Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Iola
Associate
2,773
Great Bend
Associate
3,900
Atchison
Masters
1,829
Lindsborg
Bachelor
537
North Newton
Bachelor
541
El Dorado
Associate
8,096
Coffeyville
Associate
1,572
Colby
Associate
1,537
Dodge City
Associate
1,812
Emporia
Doctorate
6,354
Hays
Masters
9,588
Garden City
Associate
1,996
Highland
Associate
2,810
Hutchinson
Associate
4,570
Independence
Associate
1,143
Kansas City
Associate
5,801
Manhattan
Doctorate
23,332
Salina
Masters
864
McPherson
Bachelor
544
Olathe
Masters
1,720
Chanute
Associate
2,130
Wichita
Masters
2,166
Pittsburg
Masters
7,087
Liberal
Associate
1,656
Sterling
Bachelor
603
Hillsboro
Masters
574
Lawrence
Doctorate & First Professional
28,569
Leavenworth
Masters
882
Topeka
Doctorate
6,901
Wichita
Doctorate
14,226

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Substance Abuse Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Kansas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Substance Abuse Counselors

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Substance Abuse Counselors relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Topeka 160 $34,620
Wichita 300 $30,430

Sources:

  1. Allen Community College - Addiction and Prevention Studies Program, http://www.allencc.edu/index.php/academic/2-uncategorised/1364-addiction-and-prevention-studies-program,
  2. Argosy University Online - Psychology BA, https://www.argosy.edu/locations/online/arts-and-sciences-65/bachelor-of-arts-in-psychology, Accessed October 29, 2016
  3. Human Services EDU - Kansas Substance Abuse Counselor Certification, http://www.humanservicesedu.org/kansas-substance-abuse-counselor.html, Accessed October 29, 2016
  4. Kansas City Kansas Community College - Addiction Counselor, http://www.kckcc.edu/programs/degrees-certificates/associate-in-applied-science/addiction-counselor, Accessed October 29, 2016
  5. Kansas Wesleyan University - Psychological Services, http://www.kwu.edu/psychological-services-major-requirements, Accessed October 29, 2016
  6. NAADAC - Association for Addiction Professionals, http://www.naadac.org, Accessed October 29, 2016
  7. Southwest Tennessee Community College - Substance Abuse Counseling Technical Certification, http://catalog.southwest.tn.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=1&poid=119, Accessed October 29, 2016
  8. Washburn University - Addiction Counseling, http://washburn.edu/academics/college-schools/applied-studies/degrees-certificates/c-addiction-counseling.html, Accessed October 29, 2016

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