Addiction Counseling

Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (MAAC)

Helping Others Find Help, Hope & Healing

Why Study Addiction Counseling through Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Using Faith & Science to Release Individuals from the Power of Addiction

Our master’s program in addiction counseling prepares you for success in the field as a Professional Counselor and enables you to sit for the National Counselor Exam in order to become a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to the core clinical mental health curriculum, you are are provided with exposure to evidence-based theories specific to addiction counseling from professors who are licensed and currently practicing.

Additionally, the LBC | Capital graduate program experientially immerses you in the Integrated Psychotherapy Model which systematically intertwines faith-based methods of recovery with research-driven counseling methods. Fully acknowledging God as our ever-present help in time of trouble, as a graduate you will embark on your missional career thoroughly equipped with practical and scholarly professional skills.

If you feel you are ready to experience a program designed to provide you with the skills and training necessary to work alongside individuals struggling with the many forms of addiction present across cultures, apply today.

What Makes our Program Different?

The program is delivered in a blended format, combining the convenience of online learning, without sacrificing important face-to-face interactions gained from classroom instruction. But that’s not all the makes us unique. Through our program, you can:

  • Earn your MA in addiction counseling in as little as two years.
  • Graduate prepared to sit for the CAADC, the state licensure exam required for all certified addiction counselors.
  • Passing the CAADC Exam automatically gives an individual the additional PA Professional Counselor License (LPC) without having to take a second exam.
  • We integrate both faith and science for professionals who hold a Christians view of persons.
  • Maintain your busy work and family schedules with convenient evening, weekend and online classes.
  • You learn under the tutelage of experienced licensed professional counselors.
Your Journey


Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling
Learn about licensure/certification for this program.

Credit Hours: 60 (qualifies for licensure in PA)

Average Completion Time: 2 – 3 years

Program Cost: See current cost. Capital is the most affordable faith-based blended programs in our region.

Capstone Option: Internship

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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

In This Program, Students Will:

  • Evaluate theory and use formal measurements to accurately assess the client’s context, learning, development, personality, motivation, and character.
  • Develop clinical skill necessary to conduct individual therapy for those with serious mental health conditions (including various addictions).
  • Integrate specific knowledge and skill necessary to counsel effectively those with various diagnoses, vocational need, and diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Conduct critical thinking skills to evaluate theory and practice from a biblical perspective.
  • Synthesize information and knowledge by means of supervised counseling experiences.
  • Acquire sufficient knowledge of scientific research and literature to be prepared to investigate specific areas of need in professional mental health counseling.
  • Apply ethical principles to prospective clinical situations that reflect an open and collaborative approach to resolve ethical dilemmas.
  • Prepare students for clinical addictions practice and successful completion of Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Exam.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how both substance and process addictions impact families and learn professional therapeutic service delivery with this population.
  • Develop skills toward navigating a process of reconciliation for spouses and families.


MA in Addiction Counseling (60 Credits)
Professional Core:12 Credits
2nd Tier Professional Courses:15 Credits
Addiction Counseling Concentration:15 Credits
Elective Options:6 Credits
Licensure Courses:12 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

Hear from Our Students: MA in Addiction Counseling

Ryan Kuehner.

Get an overview of Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School’s counseling programs, hear from our faculty and students in the counseling programs, and see if LBC | Capital is where God is leading you.

Meet the Faculty

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Ryan Kuehner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chair, Counseling & Social Work Dept. and M.A. in Professional Counseling Program Director

“Arguably the most encompassing demonstration of the commonalities between professional counseling and God’s Word can be seen in Christ’s declaration ‘…but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.’ This not only informs the work we do and the way we teach, but also who we are and who we become.” — Dr. Kuehner

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Day Butcher, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty

“Teachers possess the power to create conditions that can help students learn a great deal or keep them from learning much at all.” Parker, P. J. (2007). The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher’s life.” – San Francisco: Jossey Bass/Wiley

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Jon Shacklett, M.A.

Assistant Professor

“We can get beyond merely embracing the tensions between piety and learning by fostering a piety for learning, by becoming the kind of people who see deeply into the reality of things and who love that reality–for the Savior who shed his blood for us also descended into the deep places of the creation so that he might fill all things. Jesus not only rules over every square inch of the creation, he also loves those square inches.” -Richard Mouw

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