Addiction affects more than just the person with the dependency—it affects families and communities as well. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating 27 percent job growth in substance abuse counseling through 2020, there's a need for human services professionals serving those affected by dependency.
To help you gain job skills earlier in your degree program, the certificate option allows you to move core courses toward the front of your program. The certificate you earn will be an additional credential, which you can leverage to help you get a new position or promotion.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an Addictions Certificate introduces you to the biological, environmental, genetic and psychological underpinnings of substance abuse and chemical dependency early in your degree program. It focuses on interventions, treatments, action plans, and relapse prevention theory and ideology—skills to help you better support those in need.
Speak with an Enrollment Representative (www.phoenix.edu/request-information.html) to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an Addictions Certificate. You can also learn more about the general Bachelor of Science in Human Services (www.phoenix.edu/programs/degree-programs/human-services/bachelors/bshs.html) degree program, without the certificate option or view other certificate options.
Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition," Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors: bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm.