Unlock Your Future: Master of Science in Human Development & Family Science with a Specialization in Addiction Treatment Services

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on individuals and families affected by substance misuse or use disorders? Do you envision a rewarding career where you can contribute to the well-being of communities? If so, the Master of Science (MS) in Human Development & Family Science (HDFS) program with a Specialization in Addiction Treatment Services is tailor-made for you.

Our Masters’ Specialization not only provides a solid foundation in development, family studies, and research but also allows you to specialize in Addiction Treatment Services. Upon graduation, you will be equipped with the academic knowledge and practical experience required to become a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) or behavioral health counselor. One of the standout features of our program is the opportunity to reduce the required practical experience hours from 4,000 to 1,500. This reduction is a valuable advantage for our graduates, enabling them to embark on their licensure journey with a streamlined path to.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs) are professionals who specialize in helping individuals with substance use disorders. Their primary role is to assess, treat, and support clients in overcoming substance use disorders. LADCs often work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practices. Their goal is to help individuals overcome substance abuse and achieve lasting recovery. Our comprehensive program is designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to make a real difference in the lives of those overcoming a substance use disorder.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Career as an LADC

Help Others Overcome Addiction: Experience the joy of making a positive impact on individuals’ lives by guiding them through the recovery process.

Address a Growing Issue: Contribute actively to addressing the global public health concern of substance abuse and work towards creating healthier communities.

Contribute to Public Health: Play a vital role in addressing and preventing substance abuse, contributing to the overall improvement of community health.

Continue Learning: Stay at the forefront of the field by engaging in continuous learning, keeping your skills current and effective.

Create Career Opportunities: Open doors to various career paths in private practice, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, and community organizations.

Grow both Personally and Professionally: Experience a journey of personal and professional growth as you overcome challenges and hone your counseling skills.

Enjoy Your Work: Witness positive changes in the lives of individuals you help, deriving personal fulfillment from your meaningful contributions.

Build Meaningful Relationships: Forge strong connections with clients, guiding them through the recovery process and forming lasting bonds.

Engage in Advocacy and Help Your Community: Actively participate in advocacy and community outreach to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and promote understanding.

Generate Job Stability: Benefit from a high demand for qualified alcohol and drug counselors, providing job stability and career security.

Crafting Your Path to Success

With employment in the field projected to grow 18 percent from 2022 to 2032, the demand for qualified professionals is on the rise. By choosing the  Master of Science in Human Development & Family Science with a Specialization in Addiction Treatment Services, you are not just obtaining a degree – you are unlocking a future filled with opportunities to make a meaningful impact. For more information on LADC requirements, please review the “Do You Want to Become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)” flowchart and visit the  Nevada State Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors website.

Hear what Whitney Fegan, a previous student in the program, has to say about her own path.

Alumni Interview: Whitney Fegan Discusses Earning a Masters Specialization in Addiction Studies

Join Us on the Journey

Embark on a journey of personal and professional growth, contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, and shape a future where your skills and compassion make a lasting difference. Visit our website for more information on program details, admissions, and the exciting prospects that await you in the field of addiction treatment services. Your transformative career starts here!

 Contact CASAT’s Academic Manager, Terra Hamblin, thamblin@casat.org, or contact the Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) Graduate Coordinator, Lydia DeFlorio, PhD, at ldeflorio@unr.edu for HDFS program questions.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm(visited December 04, 2023).

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