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Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling Degree

The substance abuse and addiction counseling program at Western Seminary prepares students for careers as counselors in drug detoxification centers, half-way houses, correctional institutions, and more. The program focuses on preventing substance abuse, counseling individuals and families with drug and alcohol problems, and performing intervention and therapeutic services. Program courses include: psychology of addiction, sociology, crisis intervention, substance abuse identification methodologies, pharmacology and behavioral aspects of abused substances, professional standards and ethics, and applicable laws and regulations. Get more details below including other Oregon colleges that offer substance abuse and addiction counseling degrees.

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Western Seminary

Also known as Western Seminary-San Jose

357 E Main St, Klamath Falls, OR

Western Seminary is a Nondenominational Christian affiliated school located in Portland, Oregon, which maintains a seminary for individuals seeking to become priests. The school had an enrollment of 700 students in 2010-2011. Western Seminary-San Jose offers several programs for students to choose from. The more popular programs among students are listed below:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Ministry
  • Theology
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies
  • Missions, Missionary Studies and Missiology

The admissions process would include the submission of an application, student records and any test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff.

Western Seminary also offers services for students including job placement options, career counseling for students in need of help, and flexible scheduling for those with irregular schedules.

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has accredited the education provided by Western Seminary for over fourteen consecutive years. To read more and get consumer disclosures, you can visit

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling program at Western Seminary, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors


Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors employment is expected to grow at a rate of 22.3% from 2014 to 2024

Mental Health Counselors


Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, mental health counselors employment is expected to grow at a rate of 19.6% from 2014 to 2024

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Student Services

To help students and alumni, Western Seminary may provide student services like:

  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work
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