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Addictions Counseling M.P.S.

CCE Addiction Studies
College of Continuing Education
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College of Continuing Education 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 Spring 2018
  • 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.
Students in the MPS in addictions counseling experience a rigorous, evidence-informed applied clinical preparation program that fulfills Minnesota's Licensed Alcohol and Drug (MNLADC) educational requirements, with the added benefit of receiving a master's degree. The 30-credit curriculum includes specific licensure preparation content in the following areas: evidence based practices and evaluation, individual and group counseling skills, professional ethics, diversity and cultural sensitivity, co-occurring assessment and treatment interventions, and an applied field placement experience. The MPS meets the education and training needs of individuals new to the helping profession as well as individuals with an allied license (MSW, LP, LPC, LMFT) seeking to add the LADC.
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 students interested in the M.P.S. in Addictions Counseling should contact the International Student and Scholar Service (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. Students receive close clinical supervision from both a site and faculty supervisors, participate in formal on-campus clinical supervision meetings, and actively engage in weekly required postings and practice assignments. Upon completion of the internship experience, each student undergoes an extensive formal written and oral evaluation process to ensure ethical and competent clinical practice.
This program may not 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.
In addition to course work, an 880-hour field placement is required to complete the degree. This field placement will be done as part of the 4 credit class ADDS 5996. Students may take one or more courses per term and have up to five years to complete a master's degree. Students who wish to transfer graduate-level coursework from other institutions should contact the Graduate Programs office at cceinfo@umn.edu for information and assistance. Only coursework for which the student has earned a grade of B- or better will be counted toward the minimum of 30 semester credits required for the degree.
Foundation Courses (7 credits)
These courses are prerequisites for most other courses in the program. They should be the first courses students complete.
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)
Required Courses (16 credits)
Required courses. All courses except ADDS 5051 are prerequisites for the internship (ADDS 5996). Either ADDS 5071 or 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 5071 - Foundations of Co-occurring Disorders (2.0 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 (1.0 cr)
Elective Courses (3 credits)
Electives not on this list must be preapproved.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ADDS 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· IBH 6021 - Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client Centered Care (2.0 cr)
· IBH 6031 - Methods and Models IV: Trauma and Anxiety, Assessment and Treatment Intervention (2.0 cr)
· IBH 6032 - Advanced Multicultural Practice (1.0 cr)
· IBH 6081 - Human Lifespan Development and Behavioral Health (3.0 cr)
· IBH 6111 - Research and Evaluation Methods (3.0 cr)
· IBH 6222 - Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders (3.0 cr)
Required Internship (4 credits)
Students must take 4 credits/880 field hours of ADDS 5996.
ADDS 5996 - Internship in Behavioral Health (1.0-4.0 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 - AddS 5003/AddS 5031
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Categories of psychoactive drugs. Medicines to treat mental disorders. Substances such as alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, and marijuana. What occurs physiologically when someone takes a psychoactive drug.
ADDS 5041 - Methods and Models I: Motivational Counseling
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, 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. prereq: 5021
ADDS 5051 - Methods and Models II: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, 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 & Spring
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 5071 - Foundations of Co-occurring Disorders
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01940
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & 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 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, Spring & Summer
Core addictions counseling. Clinical assessment, case management, documentation treatment planning, ethical issues. Students begin process of securing internship.
ADDS 5121 - Professional Seminar 1
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.
ADDS 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: %
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed study. prereq: dept consent
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 6031 - Methods and Models IV: Trauma and Anxiety, Assessment and Treatment Intervention
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Basic/applied research on trauma/anxiety. Assessing/treating anxiety/post-trauma reactions in adults. Definition of anxiety, traumatic events. Assessment methods, PTSD assessment interview. Theory/techniques of evidence-based treatments. Field placement component.
IBH 6032 - Advanced Multicultural Practice
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: ADDS 5081 or equivalent
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Incorporate various sources of knowledge/content to provide deepening perspective on multiple layers of diversity/counseling individuals with substance use/co-occurring mental health disorders. Aspects of various cultural experiences (i.e., race/ethnicity, class status, sexual/affectional orientation, gender, religion) as they impinge upon client, counselor, counseling relationship. prereq: ADDS 5081 or equivalent
IBH 6081 - Human Lifespan Development and Behavioral Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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 6111 - Research and Evaluation Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
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 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.
ADDS 5996 - Internship in Behavioral Health
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised field work experience. Practical application of substance abuse counseling. Assessment, treatment planning, case management. prereq: [5001 or 5011], [5021, 5003 or 5031], [5002 or 5041], [4001 or 5091], and ADDS 5121 (for students admitted Sp 15 and later) Department permission required.