Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate

At a Glance

Level: Graduate
Credits: 19
Schedule: Day, evening, online

The Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in evidence-based treatment modalities, clinical skills, professional and ethical responsibilities, and client advocacy. The curriculum addresses the biological, social, and psychological factors of addiction and provides the practical training in substance use disorders (SUD) that can open the door to career advancement.

This certificate is for individuals with a bachelor's degree who are seeking to become licensed alcohol and drug counselors (LADC) and for professionals with a related license (LMSW, MSW, LMFT, LP, LPCC, LPC, MD) who are interested in adding the LADC credential. It is designed to meet the ongoing training and education needs of addiction counselors, social workers, psychologists, mental health practitioners, and prevention specialists and prepares students for the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug (MNLADC) exam.

Why Choose the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies?

  • This certificate meets licensing requirements for substance abuse counselors in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Faculty include distinguished educators, clinicians, and public policy advocates.
  • Graduates have a first-time 100% pass rate on the comprehensive exam required for the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC).
  • Faculty assist with internship placements and maintain strong partnerships with students and community agencies.
  • Courses use a "case base" learning approach to enhance practical and applied understanding of counseling theories and techniques.
  • Curricula and instruction are based on current knowledge concerning the counseling needs of a diverse society.
  • Internship site supervisors consistently comment on the high level of skills and preparedness of our students.
  • This certificate was designed by industry professionals and faculty from Family Social Science, Social Work, Psychiatry, and Public Health.
  • Classes are offered evenings, weekends, day, hybrid, and online.
  • Certificate may be used in a degree program and graduate-level credits may transfer into a graduate degree program.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for substance abuse counselors is excellent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Employers generally seek individuals with advanced education and training in the science and practice of chemical addiction and counseling. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow 27 percent through 2020 (U.S. Department of Labor, Feb. 19, 2013). This demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to be strong for a variety of reasons:

  • As society becomes more knowledgeable about addiction, it is increasingly common for people to seek treatment.
  • Drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than jail.
  • Many counselors are reaching retirement age.
  • Insurance companies and HMOs increasingly provide for reimbursement of counselors.
  • Employers are increasingly offering employee assistance programs (EAPs) that provide alcohol and drug abuse services.