Basics in Addiction Counseling (BAC)

Now Accepting Applications


The Psychology Department is pleased to announce an educational opportunity for our majors. The Basics in Addiction Counseling (BAC) is a concentration within the Psychology Major that provides academic coursework and applied clinical experience to help prepare students for careers in the addiction counseling field.

Addiction counseling is one of the few fields in which it is possible with a bachelor's degree to work as a fully licensed behavioral health professional. The demand for addiction treatment services is high in New Mexico, which has some of the nation's highest death rates from drunk  driving, drug overdose, and other alcohol/drug-related causes. Psychology graduates with the BAC concentration will have completed all coursework requirements to become a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) and Licensed Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC), pending approval by the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. The program emphasizes clinical practice based in scientific knowledge, informed by a commitment to provide services to persons in need, and adherence to the highest of ethical standards.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 19, 2022 for admission into the BAC starting in the Spring 2023 semester. Prior to applying, please contact Marni Goldberg at for application instructions. Please use the application documents at the links below.

Please email your application materials to Marni Goldberg at  Have your references email their letters of recommendation to her as well.  The BAC Advisory Committee will determine acceptance before registration begns.  It is strongly recommended that you reach out to Marni Goldberg prior to applying to the program to get information about the program and instructions on the application process.