The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is designed to provide graduate level counseling skills in the areas of chemical dependency and addiction (substance use disorders).
The focus of the program is to develop professionals who are able to provide individualized services informed by evidence-based practices. Students will learn to integrate a variety of models, theories, and research-based approaches to diverse cultural populations.
Through this program, students will gain an understanding of addictions, chemical use, and dependency on individuals, families, and society. A goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to recognize and treat individuals with chemical and co-occurring concerns.
Working As An Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies program and obtaining licensure from the State of Minnesota, students may find themselves working in a hospital, private practice, or treatment center, or perhaps they may be providing chemical health assessments for employers or the court system. Licensed alcohol and drug counselors perform a variety of duties that require academic as well as practical experience.
Dual Program Option: M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies
Saint Mary's offers a new dual program option to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment. The program is designed to help students meet the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy's educational requirements for licensure as Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC).
The emphasis of this dual program option is an integration of both mental health and substance use theory and skills that can be applied to the profession. Students in the dual program have the opportunity to develop skills academically and experientially to work in mental health, chemical health, dual-disorder, criminal justice, hospital, assessment, detox, residential, and outpatient settings.
This option combines the requirements of the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies in as few as 60 credits. An Integrated Practicum of 880 hours is based on the requirements of the State of Minnesota's practicum requirements for licensure as an LPC/LPCC and LADC.
With this certificate, you might find yourself working in a hospital, private practice, or treatment center, or performing chemical health assessments for employers or the court system.
Offered at our Twin Cities campus, this program is designed with working, adult learners in mind, with classes available evenings and weekends.
Providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to recognize and treat addiction, this certificate program includes coursework in theory, research, evaluation, diagnosis and assessment, and case management. Along with classroom work, it includes a practicum.
For more information, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
Completed application form
Non-refundable application fee
Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree or an official transcript posting the applicant's completed master's degree
Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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