About this program
Mastery of substance use disorders counseling requires superior competency in the delivery of best practices in combination with strong client-centered clinical skills.
The Master of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling is designed to foster the necessary advanced knowledge and skills, allowing counselors to address the increasingly complex challenge of effectively addressing substance use disorders. 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 in the state of Minnesota.
Graduates of the MS in Alcohol and Drug Counseling are prepared to:
- Integrate effective practices into service delivery to those affected by substance use disorders by
- distinguishing the strengths and limitations of clinical research.
- appraising research literature for quality and applicability to practice.
- critiquing research literature for multicultural inclusion and applicability.
- implementing effective research-based strategies in clinical settings.
- Provide high-quality, culturally-responsive counseling to those affected by substance use disorders by
- engaging in person-centered care across the service continuum, including assessment, care planning, resource access and long-term support.
- applying appropriate counseling theories and strategies in clinical settings.
- addressing systemic barriers to optimal outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
- demonstrating humility and effectiveness in the delivery of cross-cultural counseling.
- utilizing clinical supervision for ongoing practice improvement.
- Demonstrate ethical excellence in all aspects of substance use disorders counseling practice by - addressing physical, mental and relational health on an ongoing basis.
- integrating relevant statutory and ethical guidelines into a personal code of professional practice.
- implementing an effective process for evaluating and responding to ethically challenging situations.
- evaluating the impact on professional practice of own privilege, oppression and bias on an ongoing basis.
- advancing competence through professional licensure, professional association involvement and continuing education.