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If you have a desire to build a career helping people, consider studying to become a substance abuse and behavioral counselor. They work with people who are challenged by a variety of behavioral health issues, including drug and alcohol addiction or eating disorders. These professionals provide treatment and support to clients seeking to overcome these issues. To obtain certification as a counselor in Indiana, you need a bachelor's degree in a behavioral health or related program.

Indiana Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselors Schools

Licensure as a substance abuse and behavioral counselor requires either a bachelor's or master's degree in addiction counseling, psychology, social work, sociology, or related field.

  • Indiana University Northwest: Students choose between a Bachelor of Social Work or a Master of Social Work program. Graduates leave prepared for a variety of careers in social work, including advocacy, child and youth services, and community crisis centers.

  • University of Saint Francis: This school offers a Bachelor of Social Work for students in Fort Wayne. Graduates learn to advocate for their clients, as well as how to develop and evaluate programs in their community.

  • Indiana Wesleyan University: Located in Marion, students choose from a variety of degree programs in the Division of Behavioral Sciences, including Addictions Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work.

  • Martin University: Located in Indianapolis, students choose between Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in social sciences, including Addictions Counseling. Martin's original focus was low-income, minority, and adult learners, and today the school continues cultivating a broad demographic of students.

  • University of Southern Indiana: This campus in Evansville offers both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work, with a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

After earning your degree, you need two years' experience in a supervised environment, including 150 hours of face-to-face supervision by a board-approved supervisor.

What to Expect from Indiana Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselors Programs

To obtain certification, you must complete a degree program that includes specific coursework. Classes you'll take in one of these programs include:

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Addictions counseling skills
  • Addictions theory
  • Cultural competency
  • Developmental psychology
  • Ethics & professional development
  • Family education
  • Psychoactive drugs

Successful completion prepares graduates for licensure examination, as well as a wide variety of careers, including client advocate, case manager, and social worker.

Indiana Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor License

Indiana requires substance abuse counselors to obtain licensing to work within the state. Licensing is available in two levels:

  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)
  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC)

LAC license requirements include a criminal background check, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, completion of a field experience program, and two years of supervised experience. In addition, you must take and pass an examination by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). You must also pass the Indiana Jurisprudence examination and submit your completed application, along with the required fee.

To obtain LCAC licensing, you must obtain a master's degree in a behavioral science discipline, as well as complete all requirements listed for LAC. One difference is the supervised experience requirement, which is 200 hours for an LCAC license.

Resources for Indiana Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselors

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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Anderson
Doctorate & First Professional
2,707
Muncie
Doctorate
19,849
Mishawaka
Masters
2,097
Indianapolis
Masters & First Professional
4,479
Whiting
Masters
1,238
Indianapolis
Doctorate & First Professional
304
Greencastle
Bachelor
2,398
Richmond
Masters & First Professional
1,365
Franklin
Bachelor
1,130
Goshen
Masters
971
Winona Lake
Doctorate
1,404
Hanover
Bachelor
929
Huntington
Masters
1,148
Fort Wayne
Masters
3,294
Terre Haute
Doctorate
10,543
Bloomington
Doctorate & First Professional
38,990
Richmond
Masters
2,266
Kokomo
Masters
2,835
Gary
Masters
4,790
Fort Wayne
Masters
11,943
Indianapolis
Doctorate & First Professional
29,854
South Bend
Masters
7,517
New Albany
Masters
6,241
North Manchester
Bachelor
1,036
Indianapolis
Masters
2,043
Indianapolis
Masters
618
Hammond
Masters
9,607
West Lafayette
Doctorate & First Professional
40,534
Rensselaer
Masters
1,070
Notre Dame
Bachelor
1,604
Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods
Masters
1,677
Upland
Bachelor
1,879
Fort Wayne
Bachelor
964
Angola
Masters
1,337
Fort Wayne
Masters
171
Evansville
Doctorate
2,852
Indianapolis
Doctorate
4,706
Notre Dame
Doctorate & First Professional
11,733
Fort Wayne
Masters
2,135
Evansville
Doctorate
9,939
Valparaiso
Doctorate
3,872
Vincennes
Bachelor
10,750
Crawfordsville
Bachelor
917

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Substance Abuse Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Indiana. 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, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson 260 $39,950
Elkhart-Goshen 50 $26,380
Fort Wayne N/A $40,570

Sources:

  1. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm, accessed October31, 2016
  2. Substance Abuse and Counseling Certification in Indiana, Human Services Guide, http://www.humanservicesedu.org/indiana-substance-abuse-counselor.html, accessed October 31, 2016
  3. Addiction Counselor Licensing, Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, http://www.in.gov/pla/3050.htm, accessed October 31, 2016

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