Training as an Addiction Counselor

Training as an Addiction Counselor
On January 27, 2020

How do addiction counseling technicians help those struggling to recover from substance use and abuse? One method that addiction counseling technicians often employ is called “motivational interviewing.” Psychology Today states that motivational interviewing “helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes."1 At Stautzenberger College, you could learn how to use this technique to assist others in your community.

In AC 103, our motivational interviewing course, you could learn about this method's application in addiction counseling through a didactic, experimental process. Begin by exploring cognitive-behavioral treatment and client-centered counseling skills as described by psychologist Carl Rogers. This knowledge could help you provide a supportive atmosphere in which clients can safely explore their experiences and emotions regarding substance use and abuse.

However, not everything can be learned in a classroom. That's why we offer AC 110, an addiction counseling externship that links your classroom learning to professional experience. You may work with on-site supervision at an addiction counseling agency (or other appropriate addiction counseling placement) to gain 120 hours of practical and observational experience in the field of addiction counseling. This way, you could have the opportunity to see the results of motivational interviewing before you even graduate.

Becoming an addiction counseling technician could afford you not only many chances to improve others' lives but also numerous career opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 23% increase in these positions in Ohio between 2018 and 2028. Ohio's salary range for addiction counseling technicians is between $31,260 and $65,690.2 With so many chances to grow professionally, why wait? Call 888.859.8225 or submit our Request Information form today to learn more. Become the inspiration for those around you to seek out a better future.

1 Motivational interviewing.  (n.d.).  Retrieved from
2 National Center for O*NET Development. 21-1011.00 - Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors.  O*NET OnLine.  Retrieved January 21, 2020, from


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