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Certificate in Addiction Counseling

Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling

Description
The Certificate in Addiction Counseling is open to applicants with a Bachelor's degree or higher that wish to pursue licensure as an Addiction Counselor in Minnesota or North Dakota. The Certificate in Addiction Counseling provides students with all the educational requirements to meet Addiction Counseling licensure standards in Minnesota and North Dakota. The Certificate in Addiction Counseling provides students with graduate level training to meet the needs of individuals struggling with addiction and addiction related behaviors.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate in Addiction Counseling program will have completed a bachelor's degree or higher to be eligible for admission. A graduate application for admission, copy of offical transcripts, and interview with the Addiction Counseling faculty member or program coordinator is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

All course learning outcomes are determined by CACREP accreditation standards and Minnesota and North Dakota licensure requirements.

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of theories and models of addiction related to substance use as well as behavioral and process addictions (CACREP V.AC A.1)
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of neurological, behavioral, psychological, physical, and social effects of psychoactive substances and addictive disorders on the user and significant others (CACREP V.AC A.2)
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to screen, assess, and test for addiction, including diagnostic interviews, mental status examination, symptom inventories, and psychoeducational and personality assessments (CACREP V.AC A.3)
  • Student will demonstrate the use of techniques and interventions related to substance abuse and other addictions (CACREP V.AC A.3)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, and referral of addiction and other mental and emotional disorders to initiate, maintain, and terminate counseling (CACREP 2009, III.AC.D.1)
  • Students will be able to uses principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, and referral of addiction and other mental and emotional disorders to initiate, maintain, and terminate counseling (CACREP 2009, III.AC.D.1)
  • Students will provide appropriate counseling strategies when working with clients with addiction and co-occurring disorders (CACREP 2009, III.AC.D.3)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to provide culturally relevant education programs that raise awareness and support addiction and substance abuse prevention and the recovery process (CACREP 2009, III.AC.D.7)

Core Requirements ( 23-26 credits )

CNSA 611 Theories of Counseling (3)
CNSA 620 Counseling Skills I (3)
CNSA 630 Group Counseling (3)
CNSA 641 Professional Orientation and Ethics (3)
CNSA 664 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders and Addictive Behaviors (3)
CNSA 668 Psychopharmacology for the Helping Professions (3)
CNSA 691E Practicum in Addiction Counseling (1)
CNSA 669E Internship in Addiction Counseling (4)

CNSA 671 Family and Couples Counseling (3) (Required for North Dakota Licensure)