1836 - Addiction Counseling


Program Title
Addiction Counseling
Degree Designation
Program Level
Instruction Mode
On Campus
Program Description
This program is offered through the Department of Community Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy. Students graduating from these programs meet the training requirements to become a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in Minnesota, and typically have employment opportunities in counseling, clinical, educational, health, industrial/organizational and community settings. Students also have ample opportunities to continue graduate training in psychology-related areas.
Community Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services


Credits: 60

Program Requirements

60 Credits: PSY 115, STAT 219, CPSY 101, CPSY 262, CPSY 280, CPSY 323, CPSY 325, CPSY 327, CPSY 376, CPSY 402, CPSY 419, CPSY 428, CPSY 437, CPSY 438, CPSY 439, CPSY 445 (12 credits), CPSY 484.


Admission To Teacher Education: 0

Upper Division Writing Met

Addiction Counseling

Admissions Requirements

  • Students fulfill the University's Upper Division Writing Requirement by successfully completing CPSY 376.


2.5 In order to be eligible for the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor license students are required to complete a two-semester internship (880 hours total). Most internship sites require proof of sobriety as a condition for acceptance into an internship. All applicants for licensure are required to complete a fingerprint based criminal background check after submitting licensure application. A formal application and interview are required after the completion of 60 credits. Information about the application process can be found on the CPCF website. Completion of this process does not guarantee admission to the Addiction Counseling major. Must successfully complete background check and self-report of two years of sobriety.

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Learning Outcomes

1) Ethics: Students will be able to apply professional ethical standards to ethical decision making within addiction counseling practice.
2) Helping Skills: Students will be able to apply individual and group helping skills when working with others in a professional setting.
3) Writing: Students will be able to produce a professional paper using APA standards.
4) Cultural Competence: Students will be able to evaluate how culture impacts the helping process and be able to employ their knowledge to provide culturally competent services within addiction counseling practice.
5) Research: Students will be able to examine various research methodologies and be able to evaluate research results and apply knowledge gained from research to addiction counseling practice.
6) Theory: Students will be able to apply psychological and addiction theories to current best practices in addiction counseling.
7) Human Development: Students will be able to apply development theory to current best practices in addiction counseling.
8) Professional Roles and Responsibilities: Students will be able to perform the primary duties of an addiction counselor within an addiction treatment setting.

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