Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling
Counseling for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders presents professionals with a broad range of challenges and opportunities. Clinical effectiveness and systems change require mastery of strong person-centered skills in combination with a thorough grounding in best practices. The Master of Science in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling graduates counselors who are change agents, those committed to supporting individuals, families and communities in defining and fostering wellness. The program is strongly centered on building advanced clinical skills, implementing best practices that are community responsive, demonstrating anti-oppressive care and striving for ethical excellence. Graduates qualify for licensure as Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Professional Counselors in the state of Minnesota.
* indicates a course currently pending approval
Foundation Courses (16 credits)
HSCD 600: Foundations, Models and Evidence-Based Practices
HSCD 601: Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
HSCD 602: Advanced Motivational Interviewing: Theory and Practice
HSCD 603: Ethics and Professional Practice
HSCD 611: Culturally Responsive and Anti-Oppressive Practice
HSCD 650: Evaluation and Utilization of Research
Core Courses (36 credits)
HSCD 610: Evidence-Based Group Counseling
HSCD 612: Family Counseling
HSCD 613: Career Development Theory and Practice
HSCD 620: Psychopharmacology
HSCD 630: Integrated Care: Screening and Assessment
HSCD 631: Integrated Care: Treatment and Recovery Planning
HSCD 632: Integrated Care: Harm Reduction and Case Management
*HSCD 635: Integrated Care: Advanced Practice (pending approval)
*HSCD 640: Clinical Supervision (pending approval)
PSYC 611: Advanced Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSYC 618: Program Evaluation
PSYC 648: Psychopathology
Research Applications (4 credits)
HSCD 651: Master's Project Seminar
HSCD 650I: Master's Project
Clinical Applications (4 credits)
HSCD 681: Practicum I
*HSCD 682: Practicum II (pending approval)
Graduates of the MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling:
- Cultivate the advanced clinical skills that form the foundation of effective counseling.
- Integrate person- and community-responsive practices into a broad spectrum of care provision.
- Apply best practices in clinical and community-based settings in ways that honor both fidelity and cultural appropriateness and specificity.
- Distinguish key elements of the investigative process and scholarly review, with an appreciation for their strengths and limitations.
- Examine and appraise the evidence base for specific best practices utilized in co-occurring disorders counseling.
- Critique the evidence base for specific best practices in co-occurring disorders counseling with regard to multicultural inclusion and anti-oppressive practices.
- Formulate a personal commitment to anti-oppressive practices and a plan for implementing such practices in clinical and community-based settings.
- Evaluate the principles of ethical behavior and decision-making and create a personal code of professional ethics.
- Demonstrate healthy personal behavior and self-care consistent with culturally and personally appropriate standards of health and wellness.
- Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills at a professional level that supports effective practice.
- Qualify for the state of Minnesota LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).
- Complete all pre-degree requirements for the state of Minnesota LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, for which post-degree practice is also required).
This is a summary listing only. See the applying page for full details on application requirements, admission criteria, and deadline information.
- Graduate application
- $20 non-refundable application fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
- Official transcripts
- Three professional references
- Current resume
- Admission essay
Up to 12 credits may be transferred from other graduate studies. The Program Coordinator reviews prior coursework for transfer eligibility. The course work must have been taken from a regionally accredited university. The credits that are being requested for transfer must have been taken at the graduate level (a course number of 500 or higher). A course is eligible for transfer only if no degree was granted, a letter grade of B or better was earned in the course, and the course was taken within five years of admission.
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain in the graduate program and to maintain financial aid eligibility. Only courses with a letter grade of B- (2.67) or better count toward degree requirements; a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. Grading in the program is letter grade only; pass/fail grading is not an option.
A letter grade of C+ (2.33) or below in any graduate course results in being placed on academic probation. A letter grade of C+ or below in two courses results in being dismissed from the graduate program. Under such circumstances, application for readmission may be undertaken after one calendar year has passed. To reapply, the student must submit an updated resume, a letter indicating what circumstances have changed, and a plan for successfully completing the program. The admissions committee reviews the request and responds in writing.
Time to Completion
Full-time students (8 credits per semester) complete the program in three years. Part-time students (5-6 credits per semester) complete the program in four years.
Resident Faculty: Therissa Libby (program coordinator), Derrick Crim, Kevin Spading, Glen Spielmans; Community Faculty: Layla Asamarai, Tamarah Gehlen, Deborah Moses, Amanda Richards, Ken Roberts
After reviewing the information provided on the website, if you have specific questions regarding the MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org. General questions about the applying process can be directed to email@example.com.