Human Services, Behavioral & Addictions Counseling

Human Services, Behavioral & Addictions Counseling

Improve your life with a career in improving lives.

Help individuals overcome obstacles while embodying the College's motto "educate for service. The accelerated degree program in Human Services – Behavioral and Addictions Counseling from The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Elizabethtown College is a focused version of our bachelor's degree in human services that allows you to specialize in addictions and behavior disorders, as well as obtain the educational requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor exam.  Students residing outside of Pennsylvania (or who are planning to move outside of Pennsylvania) should consult their state's guidelines for certification.  Information about reciprocity of certification can be found at:  

Human services is one of our most flexible adult degree programs—all of the major courses are offered online, and you have the option to earn a more specific human services degree in behavior and addictions counseling. This coursework is designed to give you the same solid foundation as our Human Services degree provides, but also it features 21 credits worth of classes such Group Counseling, Pharmacology and Addictions, and Intro to Addictive Disorders. This specialized curriculum will allow you to sit for certification, and also give you an added edge for positions that entail working with groups or individuals who desire to overcome substance abuse or to work with those who have a behavior disorder.

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27% and 37% increases in jobs

The Department of Labor reports that careers involving substance abuse and behavior disorder counseling will increase by 27 percent. This spike is due in part to more people seeking help for addictions and behaviors and by offenders being sentenced to treatment rather than jail time. A proactive professional, also can help decrease substance abuse; health educators—those who educate people of all ages about healthy habits and behaviors—are set to grow much faster than the average, at about 37 percent.

With your bachelor's degree in human services – behavior and addictions counseling, you can immediately work in a multitude of settings—hospitals, group homes, schools, court systems, community centers, congregations, correctional facilities and rehabilitation centers.


Human Services, Behavioral & Addictions Counseling

 Position titles include:

  • Case manager
  • Alcohol Counselor
  • Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Social Services Aide
  • Child Advocate
  • Group Home Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Intake Interviewer
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Halfway House Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Residential Manager

Tanya Van Hove, Harrisburg – Human Services

Do it and do it now. Don't hesitate. The process is easy. The staff is very helpful and courteous. No reason to procrastinate.