Admission to the University and successfully completing all the prerequisites for the supervised practicum does not guarantee a student entry into practicum. The Alcohol and Drug Counseling faculty may determine that a student is not ready for practicum in a given semester. In these instances, a conference will be held and the student may not be eligible for practicum until the problem in question has been adequately addressed.
Additionally, Site Supervisors at a chemical dependency treatment agency may reject a candidate at the application interview for reasons they determine would make the student inappropriate for placement in that agency at that time.
Students must comply with agency requirements for practicum placements. Some agencies may require students provide them with a criminal history background check prior to acceptance as an intern. This criminal background check maybe different from the one which is required to be completed in the Pre-Practicum (HSCD 320) course. Policies for what constitutes an acceptable history may also vary from agency to agency.
Eligibility to enroll in Alcohol & Drug Counseling Group Practicum I (HSCD 380) is subject to approval of the faculty. To obtain this approval, a student must meet the following requirements and minimum eligibility criteria:
- Student in Good Standing
- has applied and been admitted to the University.
- is not currently on academic probation.
- does not have any current "I" grades.
- has a completed degree plan for ADC major.
- Coursework Completion Student has completed or will have successfully completed the following prerequisites for practicum:
- For students who have a degree plan competed before 1/1/08: 28 credits of alcohol and drug counseling courses. or
- For students who have a degree plan completed after 1/1/08: 32 credits of alcohol and drug counseling coursework including all of the following nine courses:
- HSCD 300: Chemical Dependency Concepts (4)
- HSCD 200: Pharmacology of Drug Abuse (4)
- HSER 346: Counseling and Interviewing Skills (4)
- HSER 348: Group Counseling (4)
- HSER 353: Social Casework Methods (4)
- HSCD 303: Cultural Aspects of Chemical Dependency (4)
- HSCD 309: Co-occurring Disorders (4)
- HSCD 302: Chemical Dependency Assessment (4)
- HSCD 320: Pre-Practicum Seminar (1)
(Note: HSCD 320 must be taken as a classroom course. There are not any alternative learning strategies offered, i.e. FDIS, SDIS, or Prior.)
- At least 2 reference letters which verify "freedom from substance abuse problems." (see criteria #5 below)
- Preliminary goals for Practicum
- Three interview reports (at least one culturally diverse site)
- Learning Agreement
Failure to adhere to deadlines for these assignments may result in a student being denied access to Practicum.
Minnesota Statutes 245C (Human Services Background Studies Act) commonly referred to as "background checks" are required to be conducted on employees, volunteers, and interns who provide direct services to clients in facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This applies to practicum at most sites for alcohol and drug counseling practicums (245C subp. 4). The purpose of background checks is to "disqualify" people who have committed specific crimes from providing direct services. Disqualification can be for 7, 10, 15 years or depending on the crime committed and could even be permanent.
Students who are disqualified as a result of their MN Department of Human Services background check (Rule 11) will not be allowed to enroll in an Alcohol & Drug Counseling practicum and thus unable to complete this major.
If student passes this initial background check, it does not mean they will pass it in the future. The background check conducted when someone applies for the full LADC license is more comprehensive than the one conducted for practicum in HSCD 320.