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Substance abuse and behavioral counselors are professionals who work closely with individuals who may be suffering from alcohol and drug dependency, depression, anxiety, or other debilitating mental disorders. In Missouri, substance abuse counselors can focus on a number of specialties. Professionals most commonly focus on reactive treatment and assessment, or proactive prevention.

Missouri Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor Schools

Prospective students can find a number of behavioral and substance abuse counselor schools in Missouri that offer a variety of programs. The following list details both on-campus and online schools that offer preparatory programs for behavioral counselors.

  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers a master's program in the art of counseling. The 60-credit program focuses heavily on the fundamentals of Christian counseling, and culminates in integrative coursework involving leadership, assessment, and a capstone project.

  • Missouri Valley College: Missouri Valley College's Master's of Arts in Community Counseling program provides a wide breadth of counseling-related study and experience. The 57-credit program features classes pertaining to marriage counseling, adolescent therapy, sexuality, and addiction. Students may also need to complete practicum and internship hours during their final semesters of the program.

  • Argosy University (Online): Argosy University offers the opportunity for students to earn a BA in psychology, with a concentration in substance abuse. The program is a full-length, 70-credit hour bachelor's program. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to assess and treat substance abuse and other behavioral issues, as well as analyze the effects such disorders have on everyone involved in the patient's life.

  • City Vision University (Online): City Vision University's Addiction Studies Program -- Substance Abuse Counselor Training program is approved by the NAADAC, the National Association for Addiction Professionals. Upon completion of the program, students can be prepared to enter into a baccalaureate program in substance abuse counseling.

  • Drexel University (Online): Drexel offers a post-baccalaureate for anyone who has earned a Bachelor's degree in a human services program. The 18-credit program is divided into four sessions, each lasting ten weeks.

Coursework for Missouri Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor Programs

The aforementioned substance abuse counselor programs in Missouri are intended for students and professionals during various levels of their careers. To practice as a substance abuse counselor in Missouri, professionals must hold at least a bachelor's degree in a human services field, with at least 15 credits in counseling, criminal justice, nursing, rehabilitation, psychology, sociology, or social work.

In addition to the aforementioned coursework, substance abuse and behavioral counselors also need to exhibit the following qualities throughout their course of study:

  • Dedication
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Professional demeanor

Missouri Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor License

Though Missouri does not certify substance abuse counselors directly, professionals earn the title of Substance Abuse Counselor through the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board.

As previously mentioned, counselors can earn three tiers of credentials in Missouri:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor I requires a Bachelor's degree with 15 service-related credits
  • Substance Abuse Counselor II requires the above qualification, as well as one year of full-time experience
  • Substance Abuse Counselor III requires the above qualifications and two years of experience

Resources for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor in Missouri

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More Missouri Substance Abuse Counselors Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Total Enrollment
Columbia
Doctorate
30,844
Springfield
Doctorate
23,697
Saint Louis
Doctorate
16,715
Kansas City
Doctorate
16,372
Saint Louis
Doctorate
15,303
Kansas City
Associates
14,874
Saint Louis
Doctorate
14,581
Columbia
Masters
13,492
Saint Louis
Doctorate
12,736
Warrensburg
Masters
12,333
Cape Girardeau
Masters
11,486
Parkville
Masters
11,457
Saint Charles
Doctorate
10,025
Rolla
Doctorate
8,883
Saint Louis
Doctorate
7,689
Maryville
Masters
6,338
Kirksville
Masters
6,272
Joplin
Masters
6,174
Saint Joseph
Masters
5,533
Saint Louis
Doctorate
5,488
Fayette
Masters
3,999
Bolivar
Doctorate
3,592
Springfield
Masters
3,512
Kansas City
Doctorate
3,043
Jefferson City
Masters
2,619
Fulton
Doctorate
2,284
Springfield
Doctorate
2,112
Marshall
Masters
1,820
Kansas City
Masters
1,703
Point Lookout
Bachelors
1,508
Saint Louis
Masters
1,375
Canton
Masters
1,134
Fayette
Bachelors
1,060
Hannibal
Masters
974
Liberty
Masters
933
Columbia
Masters
862
Fulton
Bachelors
767
St. Louis
Doctorate
327
Nevada
Bachelors
270
Kansas City
Masters
113

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Substance Abuse Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Missouri. 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.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Jefferson CityN/A N/A
JoplinN/A N/A
SpringfieldN/A N/A

Sources:

  1. Argosy University Online - Psychology BA, https://www.argosy.edu/locations/online/arts-and-sciences-65/bachelor-of-arts-in-psychology, Accessed October 29, 2016
  2. City Vision University - Addiction Studies Program - Substance Abuse Counselor Training, http://www.cityvision.edu/naadac-certified-addiction-counselor, Accessed October 29, 2016
  3. Drexel University Online - Certificate in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, http://catalog.drexel.edu/graduate/collegeofnursingandhealthprofessions/substanceusedisordertreatment/?_ga=1.154090680.1238863188.1477743708, Accessed October 29, 2016
  4. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - MA in Counseling, http://www.mbts.edu/academics/masters-studies/maco/, Accessed October 29, 2016
  5. Missouri Valley College - Master of Arts in Community Counseling (MACC), http://www.moval.edu/graduate/community_counseling/courses.php, Accessed October 29, 2016
  6. NAADAC - Association for Addiction Professionals, http://www.naadac.org, Accessed October 29, 2016

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