Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Education and Human Services



Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Dana Heller Levitt

Committee Member

W. Matthew Shurts

Committee Member

Harriet Glosoff

Committee Member

Jeremy Price


As the United States is facing an unprecedented national opioid epidemic it is essential that clinical supervisors who oversee the practice of Licensed Professional Counselors demonstrate understanding, knowledge, and application of addiction competencies. The purpose of this study was twofold: to identify the self-perceived addiction competencies of Approved Clinical Supervisors (ACS), and to examine the predictive value of addiction education (graduate and training courses), direct substance use counseling, and generalist counseling experience in relation to supervisors' self-perceived addiction competency. The results of multiple linear regression analyses indicated that substance use counseling experience had a significant relationship with self-perceived addiction competency. Additionally, when combining all three predictor variables in the model, a positive relationship with ACSs’ self-perceived addiction competencies exists. This dissertation includes an overview of the study, a review of the literature, a description of the study’s methodology, and analysis of the results. Finally, a discussion of the study findings in relation to enhancing addiction training and experience requirements to assist clinical supervisors in providing effective supervision to counselors providing services to individuals with substance use disorders is discussed.

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