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MS, Clinical Counseling (formerly Substance Abuse & Clinical Counseling)

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The Clinical Counseling Master's Program is a 62 credit-hour program which generally takes a full-time student two years to complete. The course work includes a combination of classroom and clinical study. Graduates are eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) upon passing an examination and the completion of a supervised work experience. Students graduating from the Clinical Counseling program are provided a one-year reduction in the experience requirements for licensure by the N.C. Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Without our degree, the required experience for this license is two years.

Graduates of the Clinical Counseling Program may be employed in community mental health and substance abuse settings such as inpatient or outpatient programs, detoxification centers, residential and halfway-house programs, and home-based counseling programs.

For more information about the Clinical Counseling Master's Program, contact Dr. W. Leigh Atherton at athertonw@ecu.edu or (252) 744-6290.

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