bachelor of science in addictions counseling

Overview of Addictions Counseling

Oak Hills’ Addictions Counseling program will prepare you to better understand the root causes of addictive behaviors including drug and alcohol abuse, as well as gambling, sex, food, and other addictions. The program, taught from a distinctly Christian worldview, will equip you with skills needed to participate in treatment and healing and will provide you with significant opportunities to practice those skills in actual treatment contexts.

This program consists of core courses in counseling and psychology, a minimum of 880 hours of fieldwork, and a full major in biblical studies.

Who Should Apply
The effects of addictions devastate individuals, families and communities. If you desire to participate in God’s redemptive work liberating people enslaved to destructive behaviors and healing the relationships damaged by those behaviors, this program will prepare you to serve with skill and compassion.
 
Career Paths

Graduates will have met all educational and experiential requirements to become a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) in Minnesota. Students must pass a state-administered exam before licensure is granted. LADC professionals are employed in counseling centers and in out-patient and in-patient treatment centers.

Required Credits

126 credits required including: Addictions Counseling (47), Biblical Studies (30), General Education (30), Christian Ministry (10), Free and /or Emphasis Electives (3). 

Curriculum

Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical
thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 43 credits

General Education – 15 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • College Writing II (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
  • Science/Math Elective (4 credits)
  • General Education Electives (2 credits)
biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 8 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Outreach (1 credit)
  • Intercultural Outreach (1 credit)
Addictions Counseling – 8 Credits
  • Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
  • Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Addiction (2 credits)

exploration courses – 30 credits

General Education – 12 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • Church or World History (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 6 Credits
  • Old Testament Elective (3 credits, Upper Level)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credits, Upper Level)
Christian ministry – 2 Credits
  • Outreach (1 credit, 1 Upper Level)
  • Intercultural Outreach (1 credit, Upper Level
Addictions counseling – 10 Credits
  • Professional Issues in Chemical Dependency (2 credits)
  • Professional Ethics (3 credits)
  • Theories of Chemical Dependency (3 credits)
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling (2 credits)

immersion courses – 44 credits

General Education – 3 Credits
  • Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 12 Credits
  • Bible/Theology Elective (3 credits, Upper Level)
  • Bible Electives (9 credits)
Addictions Counseling – 29 Credits
  • Diagnosis, Intervention and Treatment of Chemical Dependency (3 credits)
  • Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (3 credits)
  • Integration of Psychology and Theology (Capstone) (3 credits)
  • Addictions Counseling Practicum (20 credits)

free and/or Emphasis electives – 3 Credits

Randy Mckain

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY AND ADDICTIONS COUNSELING

Program Director: Youth Ministry and Addictions Counseling 
Instructor: Christian Ministry, Youth Ministry, Addictions Counseling

B.S. in Behavioral Science 
Sterling College, Sterling, KS 
M.Ed. in Counseling and School Psychology 
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 
Further Coursework at 
North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL 
Licensed Staff Minister 
Evangelical Covenant Church of America

Randy McKain