Alcohol and Drug Counseling Post-baccalaureate Licensure Program LADC

About this program

This program is designed for individuals who already have a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution and are seeking licensure in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (LADC) in the state of Minnesota. Most courses in this program are offered in the evening.

Student outcomes

  • Students deliver best practice alcohol and drug counseling services in diverse communities
  • Students demonstrate competence in counselor and related professional skills.
  • Students integrate and apply ethical standards
  • Students cultivate professional relationships through cultural responsiveness and advocacy to provide leadership in the field.
  • Students are prepared to gain licensure in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

Enrolling in this program

Program requirements

Student licensure

Licensure is required to work as an LADC. This program prepares students to take and pass the licensure exam.

Course requirements

Requirements (41 credits)

Core (32 credits)

Courses are listed in suggested sequence order.

HSCD 300 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders

4 credits

This course is designed to be an overview of the practice of Alcohol and Drug Counseling. It covers the main theories or models which explain what chemical dependency is. It also provides a survey of the practice of alcohol and drug counseling, including history, licensure requirements, 12 core functions, continuum of services, culture, evidence-based practices, laws, ethics and professionalism. An orientation to the Alcohol and Drug major will also be provided.

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HSER 346 Counseling and Interviewing Skills

4-5 credits

This course introduces students to basic counseling skills. As such, it is designed to help students develop essential helping skills needed for client engagement, follow-through, completion and overall therapeutic effectiveness. Specific skills and techniques covered include; developing rapport, building empathy and listening, encouraging trust, self-disclosure, immediacy, questioning & evoking, addressing discrepancies, etc. This course is highly experiential in its format. Students will participate in classroom exercises, real plays, and video-taping of counseling skills.

Full course description for Counseling and Interviewing Skills

HSCD 302 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders

4 credits

This course is designed to teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform assessment interviews and diagnosis of substance use problems. Students will learn about: the qualities of good assessment, motivational interviewing skills, the interview process, screening tools, "Rule 25", "DSM IV", placement and treatment planning. This course meets the required 30 hours of class-room training to be a "Rule 25" assessor.

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HSER 348 Group Counseling

4 credits

This course teaches the dynamics of group counseling. Students learn the skills of group counseling in a classroom and Training group experience. Topics include: stages of group, group rules and goals, group leader skills, and types of groups. Students learn writing and charting skills necessary to document client progress. Emphasis is on interaction among group members, the counselors role in group facilitating, and techniques to help group members learn to view their own behavior for self-awareness and self-disclosure.

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HSCD 303 Cultural Considerations for Alcohol and Drug Counseling

4 credits

This course is designed to help students understand the cultural dynamics of chemical dependency counseling for diverse groups. It explores the relationship between cultural identity and the knowledge, and skills for addressing counseling issues for each cultural group. It also provides students with information on the history, cultural uniqueness, and counseling issues for the following cultural groups: African-Americans, Latin Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, European Americans, Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual and Transgender, Woman and Feminism, and Men.

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HSCD 309 Co-Occurring Disorders: Substance Use and Mental Health

4 credits

Significant numbers of chemically-dependent individuals have one or more mental disorders. This course is designed to help the alcohol and drug counselor to become more familiar with the most common mental disorders, the interrelationship between mental disorders and substance abuse, and various counseling methods and treatment approaches for the dually disordered client. This course covers the main features of the most common mental disorders, how they interact with substance abuse, assessment and counseling approaches, medications used for treatment, and community resources used to help these clients.

Full course description for Co-Occurring Disorders: Substance Use and Mental Health

HSCD 353 Case Management for Alcohol and Drug Counseling

4 credits

This course provides students with a beginning understanding of the essential components of successful case management for alcohol and drug counseling. That is, the activities which a counselor engages in to bring services, agencies, resources, and people together within a planned and coordinated framework of action toward achievement of established clinical goals. Specifically the course will focus on, the theory of case management for alcohol and drug counseling, related state and federal laws, the Twelve Core Functions, the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the practice of clinical writing.

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Practica (880 hours minimum - 9 credits)

Prerequisite: 32 credits of Alcohol and Drug Counseling coursework (see above 8 courses) in addition to the HSCD 320 (see below).

HSCD 380 Alcohol and Drug Counseling Group Practicum I

4 credits

This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired during their academic coursework and transfer it into clinical settings. This internship requires students to demonstrate competence in the Transdisciplinary Foundations of 8 Practice Dimensions (12 core functions) of alcohol and drug counseling, including culturally competent and professionally ethical practice.

Full course description for Alcohol and Drug Counseling Group Practicum I

HSCD 390 Alcohol and Drug Counseling Group Practicum II

4 credits

The alcohol and drug counseling group internship is intended to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired during their academic coursework and transfer it into clinical settings. This Internship requires students to demonstrate competence in the Transdisciplinary Foundations and 8 Practice Dimensions (12 core functions) of alcohol and drug counseling, including culturally competent and professionally ethical practice. In the classroom portion of this course, students will review and critically analyze counseling style, diversity, ethics and the agency in which they are conducting their internship. In addition, they will continue to practice and enhance clinical skills and techniques.

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