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Addictions Counseling M.P.S.

CCAPS Addiction Studies
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
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Contact Information
College of Continuing and Professional Studies Information Center, 20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108, (612-624-4000)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Professional Studies
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Addictions Counseling MPS offers rigorous, evidence-informed, applied clinical preparation for individuals new to the helping profession, as well as those with allied licenses (MSW, LP, LPC, LMFT) seeking an additional credential. The curriculum reflects specific licensure preparation content for the State of Minnesota’s Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) license, and includes evidence-based practices and evaluation; individual and group counseling skills; professional ethics; diversity and cultural sensitivity training; co-occurring assessment and treatment interventions; and an applied field placement experience. For additional information regarding MNLADC requirements, please refer to the State of Minnesota’s LADC website. Students can choose to complete the MPS on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the degree in five semesters (two academic years and one summer session). Part-time students have up to five years to complete the degree.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution - Transcripts - Personal statement - Two letters of reference - Updated resume or CV
Special Application Requirements:
International applicants should contact the University’s International Student and Scholar Service Office (www.isss.umn.edu) for information on visa status and academic requirements.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 84
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 563
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 84
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: The ADDS 5996 Internship Seminar serves as a capstone experience where students apply the knowledge and skills learned in their previous courses in a real world clinical setting. The 880-hour internship seminar includes close clinical supervision from both a site and faculty supervisors, participation in formal on-campus clinical supervision meetings, and active engagement in weekly required postings and practice assignments. The capstone experience concludes with an extensive formal written and oral evaluation process to ensure ethical and competent clinical practice.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Application of coursework from other institutions is allowed on an exception basis. Refer to the Addictions Counseling MPS website at https://ccaps.umn.edu/addictions-counseling-masters-degree for additional information and assistance. Courses applied to the MPS degree must be graded B- or higher. All courses offered A/F or S/N must be taken A/F. Full-time students complete coursework requirements on a specified schedule to support degree completion in five semesters. Refer to the Addictions Counseling MPS website and confer with the advisor for more information.
Foundation Courses (9 credits)
Take the following courses, in consultation with the advisor, the first year of study:
ADDS 5011 - Foundations in Addiction Studies (2.0 cr)
ADDS 5021 - Introduction to Evidence Based Practices and the Helping Relationship (3.0 cr)
ADDS 5031 - Applied Psychopharmacology (2.0 cr)
ADDS 5071 - Foundations of Co-occurring Disorders (2.0 cr)
Required Courses (14 credits)
Take the following courses in consultation with the advisor. ADDS 5041, 5061, 5091, and 5121 must be taken prior to the internship (ADDS 5996). ADDS 5081 may be taken concurrently with the internship.
ADDS 5041 - Methods and Models I: Motivational Counseling (2.0 cr)
ADDS 5051 - Methods and Models II: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2.0 cr)
ADDS 5061 - Foundations of Group Work (3.0 cr)
ADDS 5081 - Multicultural Foundations of Behavioral Health (3.0 cr)
ADDS 5091 - Assessment and Treatment Planning I (3.0 cr)
ADDS 5121 - Professional Seminar 1: Internship Prep (1.0 cr)
Elective Courses (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following in consultation with the advisor. Other courses may be applied to this requirement with advisor approval.
HSEX 6001 - Foundations of Human Sexuality (3.0 cr)
HSEX 6012 - Sexual Function and Dysfunction (3.0 cr)
HSEX 6013 - Perspectives and Practices in Sexuality Education (3.0 cr)
IBH 6021 - Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client Centered Care (2.0 cr)
IBH 6071 - Advanced Professional Issues: Ethics (3.0 cr)
IBH 6081 - Human Lifespan Development and Behavioral Health (3.0 cr)
IBH 6091 - Intersection of Career and Mental Health (2.0 cr)
IBH 6101 - Family Dynamics and Therapy (3.0 cr)
IBH 6111 - Research and Evaluation Methods (3.0 cr)
IBH 6221 - Applications of Counseling Theories (3.0 cr)
IBH 6222 - Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders (3.0 cr)
IBH 6233 - DBT Skills Training: Group Practices and Treatment Modalities (2.0 cr)
IBH 6234 - Counseling Grief and Loss (2.0 cr)
Internship (4 credits)
Take the following internship. The internship includes 880 hours of field experience.
ADDS 5996 - Internship in Behavioral Health (1.0 cr)
 
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ADDS 5011 - Foundations in Addiction Studies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01942 - AddS 5001/AddS 5011
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theoretical perspectives/concepts related to etiology of alcohol/drug dependency/abuse. Emphasizes bio-psycho-social models of addiction/disease: psychodynamics, social learning, contingency, family systems. Connection of theory to empirical research.
ADDS 5021 - Introduction to Evidence Based Practices and the Helping Relationship
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01937 - AddS 5002/AddS 5021
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Initiating, conducting, and terminating a counseling relationship. Use of self in counseling process. Nature/process of helping. Evidence-based practices/theories. Reading, discussion, written exercises, role-play, observation, feedback, out-of-class practice.
ADDS 5031 - Applied Psychopharmacology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01938
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
This course provides a comprehensive survey of the basic concepts of psychopharmacology and psychiatric conditions for which psychoactive medication presents an appropriate intervention strategy. It is intended to be an introduction into the field and is designed to provide a working knowledge base to enable students to more competently address the experiences of their clients taking prescribed psychotropic medications.
ADDS 5071 - Foundations of Co-occurring Disorders
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01940
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Understanding mentally ill/chemically abusive or dependent client. Intervention, advocacy, education, support for client/those part of his/her environment. Social, environmental, multicultural factors that contribute resources for these clients.
ADDS 5041 - Methods and Models I: Motivational Counseling
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Concepts of motivational interviewing. Spirit of MI. Primary counseling skills. Working with resistance. Identifying/eliciting change talk. Transitioning into change, negotiating treatment plan. Strengths/shortcoming of MI.
ADDS 5051 - Methods and Models II: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Components of cognitive model. Assessment, case formulation, automatic thoughts, core beliefs, cognitive restructuring, behavior change elements, therapeutic relationship. Learn, practice, master key concepts.
ADDS 5061 - Foundations of Group Work
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01939
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Designing/facilitating therapy groups. Intra-/inter-personal dynamics, leadership skills, developmental aspects, ethical issues. Application to therapy of chemically addicted individuals. Lectures, discussion, experiential exercises, small groups, readings.
ADDS 5081 - Multicultural Foundations of Behavioral Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What is culture? How might culture, cultural practices, and history be significant in the use/abuse of substances? How is culture relevant to the attitudes/practices in the prevention/treatment of substance use/abuse? Multicultural counseling and cultural competence in addiction counseling. People as individuals. Clinician's own cultural worldview/ other cultural worldviews.
ADDS 5091 - Assessment and Treatment Planning I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01941
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Core addictions counseling. Clinical assessment, case management, documentation treatment planning, ethical issues. Students begin process of securing internship.
ADDS 5121 - Professional Seminar 1: Internship Prep
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Prepares students for successful entry into field of substance use disorder counseling by focusing on facets that are critical to their professional development. Through discussions, experiential learning activities, guest lectures and site visits, students gain further understanding of the internship placement process and requirements, settings that fit their individual training and career goals, requirements for initial licensing and renewal, the testing process, models of professional development, the importance of professional advocacy and associations, self-care and requirements and benefits of clinical supervision. Professional ethics, including state rules, statutes, codes of conduct and regulations for practitioners and agencies are also addressed. Students will also develop their job search skills and apply them to secure a field placement for the internship seminar.
HSEX 6001 - Foundations of Human Sexuality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Foundations of Human Sexuality covers topics in human sexuality, including biology and sexuality; sexuality across the lifespan, cultures and history; religions, epidemiology and clinical issues; and sexuality and legal/social aspects. Using readings, discussion forums, peer review, and an applied final project, students will understand the interactions between biological, social, and individual factors in producing variations in human sexuality.
HSEX 6012 - Sexual Function and Dysfunction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course covers various aspects of sexual function and dysfunction as well as an in-depth overview of sexual health as it pertains to the general public. Using readings, discussion forums, peer review, and an applied final project, students will understand the range of normal and abnormal sexual response, diagnostic categories of sexual dysfunction, and the range of therapies available.
HSEX 6013 - Perspectives and Practices in Sexuality Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course covers the history of sexuality education, primarily in the US with international comparison, as well as current and emerging issues in sexual education. Using readings, discussion forums, peer review, and an applied final project, students will understand the temporal changes in sexual health education in the US and abroad and the empirical, theoretical, and educational foundations of sexual health education.
IBH 6021 - Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client Centered Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Chronic substance use disorders or co-occurring combination. Applying step-wise, individualized, recovery oriented evidence-based practices for risk reduction, relapse prevention, recovery maintenance. Use case studies to evaluate/apply risk reduction/personalized interventions.
IBH 6071 - Advanced Professional Issues: Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Develop ethical decision model that incorporates five moral principles. ACA/NAADAC codes of ethics/statutes/regulations that apply to mental health/substance abuse counseling. Case studies.
IBH 6081 - Human Lifespan Development and Behavioral Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Human development across life span. Implications for direct clinical practice. Theories of human development. Co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders. Normative changes, individual differences, typical/atypical patterns of development.
IBH 6091 - Intersection of Career and Mental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Vocational choice theory, lifestyle choices, occupational/educational information, career exploration, assessment tools. Diverse populations/ethical standards. Employment/career concerns for persons with mental health, substance use, previously incarcerated.
IBH 6101 - Family Dynamics and Therapy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Family dynamics/life cycle, communication patterns, multi-generational patterns. Systems theory/interventions for appropriate use of family resources to enhance intervention, treatment, family/individual functioning/maintenance processes.
IBH 6111 - Research and Evaluation Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Models of program evaluation. Use of research findings for program modification. Elements of research process, types of designs, program evaluation. Ethical considerations of research. Measurement concepts.
IBH 6221 - Applications of Counseling Theories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This graduate level course explores grand theories, practice theories, and practice models in counseling. Students will engage in comparing and contrasting theoretical applicability across differing clinical circumstances. They will develop theoretical orientation and build case conceptualization skills as well as connections between theory and practice. Students completing this course will be able to evaluate and apply foundational theories in counseling practice in case conceptualization, analyze the impact of counseling theory on intervention and outcome, articulate different ?grand? theories of counseling from practice theories with understanding from implication for practice, and explore and integrate individual?s contributions to counseling theory.
IBH 6222 - Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Adolescents differ from adults physiologically, cognitively, and emotionally. Therefore, it is important for professionals who come into regular contact with this population to be familiar with the developmental issues and current trends in adolescent substance use. It is also essential to be able to recognize the risk and protective factors, biopsychosocial effects, and signs of potential substance use problems in adolescents.
IBH 6233 - DBT Skills Training: Group Practices and Treatment Modalities
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This course focuses on teaching the delivery of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Treatment: Skills Training in a group format. This opportunity allows students to learn the skills taught in a DBT Program as well as learn the treatment components involved in a behavioral therapy orientation. Students will explore the core skill of mindfulness, behavioral therapy, dialectics and cognitive behavioral therapy in a group and experiential format. Students will be expected to participate in weekly group discussion and assignments. Discussion will assist students with learning how this treatment is delivered to clients. Weekly assignments will provide experiential learning of skills group and mindfulness, the foundation skill in a DBT Program.
IBH 6234 - Counseling Grief and Loss
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
This course will provide students with an overview of current conceptualizations of grief and loss. It will prepare students with specialized knowledge and skills for understanding and identifying the process/progress of how people deal with loss. Special attention will be given to theoretical foundations of grief and loss, different types of loss, impact of loss, and cultural considerations. Additional strategies will be presented for intervening with those who have been impacted by loss.
ADDS 5996 - Internship in Behavioral Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Internship provides Addiction Studies students with practical experience in settings where substance abuse and/or co-ocurring mental health treatment services are offered. The internship experience allows students to relate academic and theoretical learning to settings outside the classroom. General counseling skills, awareness and influence of self in the counseling process and competency in the 12 Core Functions are enhanced through clinical experience, on-site individual supervision and peer group supervision.