Addictions Specialist


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Addictions Specialist

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Program Description

This certificate is offered on-campus and is also available for completion on-line. Applications to the Addictions Specialist Graduate Certificate program are due February 1 for a fall semester start and October 1 for spring semester. This certificate program provides academic and experiential training intended to prepare persons in counseling for chemical dependency counselor licensure. To be admitted to the graduate chemical dependency certificate program, students must have a completed bachelors degree in a related field. If the bachelors program does not include course equivalents, students will be asked to complete the following undergraduate courses: CPSY 323/4 Theories of Counseling, CPSY 325 Helping skills, and CPSY 327 Group Counseling.


School of Health and Human Services




Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in a related field is required.

  • "If the baccalaureate degree does not include course equivalents, the following courses are prerequistes: CPSY 323 and CPSY 324, CPSY 325, CPSY 327. "

  • Submission of a statement of intent that includes reference to addictions in your life (direct or indirectly).

  • Successfully complete a personal interview with faculty from the chemical dependency training program and representatives of the chemical dependency profession.

  • Provide written verification of one year of abstinence from drugs if in recovery.

Admission GPA: 2.75


Students completing six credits of internship as CPSY 696 or CPSY 545 as part of their master's degree program will complete six additional credits beyond the master's degree as required to meet the internship requirements for addictions licensure. "Chemical Dependency Internships.The internship experience involves 880 hours of supervised training, 440 hours in an inpatient chemical dependency treatment center in central Minnesota and surrounding communities. An additional 440 hours of supervised training in an outpatient treatment setting are required to complete the requirements. Sites include public and private treatment facilities for adolescents and adults, regional human service centers, and veterans' hospitals. Acceptance for internship requires approval of the internship review committee following the completion of all course work."

See program website for additional information.

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