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Addictions Minor

CCAPS Addiction Studies
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
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College of Continuing and Professional Studies 20 Ruttan Hall 19994 Buford Ave St Paul, MN 55108 612-624-4000
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 12
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The addictions minor expands access to courses in the MPS in addictions counseling and MPS in integrated behavioral health programs courses to the wider graduate student population, meeting a need for addictions-related coursework for students in related graduate and professional programs. Students in other disciplines may also find value in expanding their foundational knowledge of addictions for their own research and post-graduation career development. Finally, students in allied professional programs wishing to seek licensure can take this ADDS coursework in addition to specific host program coursework and internship requirements toward the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) credential.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Students must be admitted to a graduate degree program at the University of Minnesota and be in good standing.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Students working toward allied licensure in counseling/therapy are required to meet specific internship requirements in addition to this coursework. Students interested in the LADC will need to work with their home program advisors to ensure they meet licensing-specific internship requirements. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B-.
Required Courses - 12 credits
Students admitted to a graduate program at the university must take the following courses to earn the 12 credit Minor. ADDS 5091 is the only course with a prerequisite: ADDS 5021. Students in the Minor will be permitted to waive this prerequisite.
ADDS 5011 - Foundations in Addiction Studies (2.0 cr)
ADDS 5031 - Applied Psychopharmacology (2.0 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)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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ADDS 5011 - Foundations in Addiction Studies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 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 5031 - Applied Psychopharmacology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: AddS 5003/AddS 5031
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: AddS 5004/AddS 5071
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: AddS 4001/AddS 5091
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.