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Addiction Studies Postbaccalaureate Certificate

CCAPS Addiction Studies
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
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Contact Information
Addiction Studies, Degree and Certificate Programs, 20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108 (612-624-4000; fax: 612-625-1511)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2016. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Interested students should refer to the MPS in Addictions Counseling website at: or the MPS in Integrated Behavioral Health website at:
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 19
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Addiction Studies PBacc Certificate
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 Addiction Studies graduate certificate provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in substance abuse treatment modalities, counseling skills, professional and ethical responsibilities, and client advocacy. The curriculum is designed to meet the ongoing training and education needs of addiction counselors, social workers, psychologists, mental health practitioners, and prevention specialists. Students have the opportunity to develop and refine clinical skills and knowledge in addictive disorders in a multidisciplinary environment.
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.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary institution or its foreign equivalent.
Special Application Requirements:
Although students may take one or two program courses before applying for official admission into the certificate program, the program recommends that students apply for admission as soon as possible. Once accepted into the program, students will receive timely program updates and course registration information along with admitted student benefits. Complete the Post-Baccalaureate Application for Certificate Admission form. The application form includes instructions, deadlines, and materials needed to apply. Students who have questions or who miss the deadline may call 612-624-4000 or send an email to for advising. Application Deadlines Fall semester: July 15 Spring semester: November 15 Summer term: April 15 Note: Students who have graduated from a B.A. or B.S. program must apply for the graduate-level certificate.
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 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.
To be awarded the Addiction Studies Certificate, students must: -complete a minimum of 19 credits within four years of their admission date; -take core courses for a letter grade, earning a B- or better; -obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better for all certificate coursework. In addition to the Certificate requirements, students wanting Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure must complete an internship (ADDS 5996). Credit amounts will be determined based on student's previous internship or field placement experience. -Students may enroll for the internship sequence after the academic portion is completed. -Students must attend an internship information meeting and be approved by addiction studies faculty. -Students should review the Internship Manual before or during their first class in the certificate program. Course Group Description: The following courses are required for completion of the Certificate. Possible course substitutions may be made based on student's previous coursework.
Core Courses (12 credits)
Required Courses
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 5041 - Methods and Models I: Motivational Counseling (2.0 cr)
ADDS 5061 - Foundations of Group Work (3.0 cr)
Core Courses option (1 - 3 credits)
Take ADDS 5081 or IBH 6032 (for students who already have a 2-3 credit graduate level course in multicultural counseling)
ADDS 5081 - Multicultural Foundations of Behavioral Health (3.0 cr)
or IBH 6032 - Advanced Multicultural Practice (1.0 cr)
Elective Courses (4 - 6 credits minimum)
Students who took ADDS 5081 must take 4 credits minimum. Students who took IBH 6032 must take 6 credits minimum. If you intend to complete the optional internship, you must take ADDS 5121.
Take 4 - 7 credit(s) from the following:
· ADDS 5051 - Methods and Models II: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2.0 cr)
· ADDS 5071 - Foundations of Co-occurring Disorders (2.0 cr)
· ADDS 5091 - Assessment and Treatment Planning I (3.0 cr)
· ADDS 5121 - Professional Seminar 1: Internship Prep (1.0 cr)
· IBH 6021 - Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client Centered Care (2.0 cr)
· IBH 6222 - Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders (3.0 cr)
Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Requirements
To meet the educational requirements and be eligible for licensure, you must complete AddS 5996 Internship in Substance Abuse Counseling (2-8 credits) You must have the content in the following courses, or have taken courses with equivalent content and received a B- or better, to meet the 12 core functions specified by the Minnesota statute's licensing requirements: AddS 5011, AddS 5021, AddS 5031, AddS 5041, AddS 5071, AddS 5081, AddS 5091, ADDS 5121, AddS 5996.
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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 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 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.
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
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 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 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.
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 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.