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. With two years of post-master's supervised practice, graduates qualify for licensure as Professional Clinical Counselors in the state of Minnesota.
Graduates of the MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling are prepared to:
- Integrate effective practices into service delivery to those affected by substance use, mental health and co-occurring 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.
- applying principles of program evaluation to service delivery improvement.
- implementing effective research-based strategies and evaluation practices in clinical settings.
- Provide high-quality, culturally-responsive counseling to those affected by substance use, mental health and co-occurring 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 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.