Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention


Dr. Evelyn Harrell L.C.S.W., L.S.A.C.

Program Director

Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 432






The Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention (ABCP) Program is a two-degree program, the Bachelor of Science degree and the Associate of Arts degree. The Bachelor of Science degree is a four-year degree which prepares students for counseling clients with addictions. The Associate of Arts degree is a two-year program of study that prepares studies for entry level employment in the field of addiction counseling. The ABCP Program is viewed as a trans-disciplinary and maintains integrity in its independence as a counseling and prevention program that specializes in the training and preparation of addiction counselors.

The Bachelor of Science degree program prepares students for professional careers and/or advanced academic study. In order to complete the BS program, majors must complete 39 credit hours in addiction counseling in addition to general education credits and the completion of a minor. Students who complete the BS degree meet the education criteria for becoming a Certified Addiction Counselor through the Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority.

The following are required addiction counseling courses: 215, 230, 310, 321, 325, 418, 425(x2), 432, 494, and three ABCP electives. This cluster of courses gives students a strong foundation, and the opportunity to choose electives that will complement their specific career goals. In the senior year, students will be required to successfully complete a Senior Paper/project. ABCP BS majors may minor in any discipline. However, they are encouraged to select minors in Criminal Justice, Psychology, or Sociology. The ABCP Program courses meet the criteria for an  Approved Institution of Higher Education Provider for the Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority, (ADRA). All SUNO ABCP classes can be applied toward certification by ADRA.

The Associate of Arts degree requires 60 credit hours. It is designed to meet the Louisiana State Board of Regents General Education Requirements as well as the Southern University at New Orleans and the Accreditation Standards of the Southern Regional Accreditation Boards. As is true with the Bachelor’s degree program, the  AA academic program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA’s) of Addiction Counseling and related fields.  However, the target population is the paraprofessional. Students with this degree satisfy the education requirements for licensure with the state regulatory authority (ADRA) as a Registered Addictions Counselor.


The goal of the Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention (ABCP) Program is to provide comprehensive, academic opportunities for students in a variety of practice arenas including those focused on prevention, treatment, and research.  The program equips students for professional careers and graduate studies.
Graduates are able to successfully complete courses that lead to certification in addiction counseling, gambling addiction counseling, and prevention specialist.

Once a student is admitted to Southern University at New Orleans, several opportunities exist for students to declare Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention as their major. Students declare their major upon admission to the University as a beginning freshman, returning, or transfer student. They also may inquire at the Program level after they begin their matriculation at the University. Students also may add the ABCP to their declared major. As such, students may have a double major.

Regardless of the pathway, the process must be completed in the Registrar’s office in order for the student to be officially tracked as an ABCP major. It is the student’s responsibility to complete this process.  As a student is admitted to the ABCP Program by the Registrar, the student is linked to the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences. Once the student declares the intention of becoming a substance an ABCP major, the student is assigned an advisor from the ABCP Program to assist the student’s matriculation through graduation. Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.