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Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies program is designed to provide graduate level counseling skills in the area of chemical dependency and addiction. The focus of the program is to develop professionals able to provide individualized services informed by evidence-based practices integrating a variety of models, theories, and research-based approaches to diverse cultural and sub-cultural populations.

With this program, students will gain an understanding of the inter-relatedness of addictions and chemical use and dependency on individuals, families, and society. A goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to recognize and treat individuals with chemical and co-occurring concerns. A variety of treatment approaches will be studied with an emphasis on chemical health. Through their coursework and practicum experiences, students will be expected to develop competency in the following twelve core functions of an alcohol and drug counselor:

  • Screening
  • Intake
  • Orientation
  • Assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Counseling
  • Case management crisis management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Client education
  • Referral
  • Reports and record keeping
  • Consultation with other professionals regarding treatment and services

Working As An Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies program and obtaining licensure from the State of Minnesota, students may find themselves working in a hospital, private practice, or treatment center, or perhaps they may be providing Chemical Health assessments for employers or the court system. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors perform a variety of duties that require academic as well as practical experience.

Curriculum

The curriculum is based on the requirements outlined in the requirements for 2008 licensure in the Minnesota 2007 Statutes for Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensing. Licensure applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree with 18 semester credits of alcohol and drug coursework followed by an 880-hour practicum. All courses within the certificate program are aimed at higher level thinking focusing on analyzing and synthesizing providing graduates the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to succeed in today’s chemical health workforce.

Degree Requirements

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as “Gainful Employment programs” to disclose certain information about these programs.

Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies Gainful Employment Report (PDF)

Contact

Kristin Branlund-Girod  | kbranlun@smumn.edu |  612-728-5122