Program Overview

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.

Program Outcomes

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).