Master of Science in Human Development & Family Studies with a Specialization in Addiction Treatment Services – 33-36 credits

The Master of Science (MS) in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate program allows students to acquire foundation information in development, family studies, and research while also specializing in a topic of academic interest. The Addiction Treatment Services specialization requires specific coursework and an additional internship that prepares the student to become a state licensed alcohol and drug or behavioral health counselor.

HDFS Foundation Core – 12 credits minimum

*Students are required to take both 720 and 730.

Human Development

3 credits

  • HDFS 720 – Theories of Human Development (3 credits)*
  • HDFS 631B – Advanced Human Development: Childhood (3 credits)
  • HDFS 631C – Advanced Human Development: Adolescence (3 credits)
  • CAS 637 – Aging and Addiction (3 credits)
  • CAS 660 – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders I (3 credits)

Family Studies

6 credits

  • HDFS 730 – Family Theories (3 credits)*
  • HDFS 636 – Family Interaction (3 credits)
  • HDFS 638 – Children and Families in a Multiethnic Society (3 credits)
  • HDFS 658 – Families and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • CAS 761 – Couple and Family Treatment of Addiction (3 credits)

Internship

3 credits

  • HDFS 791 – Internship (3 credits)

Research Core

9 credits minimum

  • EDRS 700 – Introduction to Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDRS 640 – Educational Measurements and Statistics (3 credits)
  • HDFS 796 – Professional Paper (3 credits) OR
  • HDFS 797 – Thesis – (6 credits)

Addiction Treatment Services Specialization – 12 credits

An Overview of Addiction Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery (CAS 674) or its equivalent is a prerequisite for this specialization.

Assessment (at least one of the following required)
  • CAS 759 – Assessment, Treatment and Case Management – 3 credits
  • CEP 642B – Assessment and Diagnosis I – 3 credits
Treatment (at least one of the following required)
  • CAS 760 – Addiction Counseling in Community Settings – 3 credits
  • CAS 761 – Couple and Family Treatment of Addictions – 3 credits
Electives (at least one of the following required)
  • CAS 637 – Aging and Addiction – 3 credits
  • CAS 639 – Exploring of Gambling Behaviors – 3 credits
  • CAS 659 – Special Topics in Addiction* – 3 credits
    *Varied topics available: i.e., Women’s Issues, Emotions, Behavioral Addictions, Co-occurring Disorders, etc.
  • CAS 660 – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – 3 credits
  • CAS 712R – Neurosciences of Addiction – 3 credits
Internship (3 credits – required)
  • HDFS 792 – Internship in Addiction Services – 3 credits

For additional HDFS/CASAT program information and course descriptions visit the UNR General Catalog webpage.

Contact CASAT’s Academic Coordinator, Meri Shadley, Ph.D. mshadley@casat.org or contact the Graduate Coordinator of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), William Evans, Ph.D. at wevans@unr.edu for program questions.