Substance Abuse Counselor Training in Arizona - AZ


Those planning to pursue substance abuse counselor training in Arizona should consult the requirements formulated by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.  The Board has devised very specific educational and training requirements for licensed substance abuse counselors.

To become a licensed substance abuse technician, you must either:

  • earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in chemical dependency and complete 18 credit hours of coursework dealing specifically with chemical dependency; or
  • earn a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health science and complete 30 credit hours of counseling-related coursework. 

To become a licensed associate substance abuse counselor, you must either:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health science, complete 30 credit hours of counseling-related coursework, and engage in a minimum of 3200 hours of supervised work experience in a substance abuse counseling setting, including 1600 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision; or 
  • Earn a master’s degree of higher in a behavioral health science and complete at least 24 credit hours of counseling-related coursework.

To become a licensed independent substance abuse counselor, you must:

  • Earn a master’s degree or higher in a behavioral health science, complete 24 credit hours of counseling-related coursework, and engage in a minimum of 3200 hours of supervised work in a substance abuse counseling setting post-master’s degree, including 1600 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of clinical supervision.

All degrees must be granted by a regionally accredited college or university.

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