General Addiction Counseling Questions
What is a master of professional studies in addiction counseling?
A master of professional studies in addiction counseling is a degree program for those seeking to become an addiction counselor. This degree provides the necessary education and training needed to work with clients struggling with substance use disorder, alcohol and drug addiction, and mental health issues. This graduate degree equips you with the clinical skills and knowledge necessary to develop effective strategies for helping clients overcome addiction, as well as supporting their long-term recovery and well-being. Through evidence-based coursework and an internship, this graduate-level counseling program can prepare you to gain licensure in addiction counseling within the state of Minnesota.
What is addiction counseling?
Addiction counseling is a form of therapy for people with substance use problems. It can help them acknowledge their addiction and create strategies for addressing it. Professionals offering addiction counseling have experience with and knowledge of different approaches to best support individuals. This might include motivational interviewing to provide guidance during the recovery process, cognitive-behavioral therapy to work on thoughts and behaviors related to addiction, or family therapy to address interpersonal relationships.
How do you become an addiction counselor?
Becoming an addiction counselor is a rewarding way to help those struggling with addiction issues. It requires specialized training and education, as you should be knowledgeable of the different treatment modalities and the biological, social, and psychological factors of substance use. If you want to become an addiction counselor, you should consider any certifications or licensures required for your state or country. It may be helpful to have an undergraduate degree in psychology, social work, or another related field. Then you may want to look into master's programs that prepare students for certification in substance use disorder counseling.
How long does it take to get a master’s degree?
A master's degree is a great way to advance your career. Depending on your field of study, the type of program you choose, and whether you attend class on a full- or part-time basis, it typically takes between two and four years to complete a master's degree.
Is a master’s degree worth it?
A master's degree can be a valuable asset to have, and the long-term benefits of pursuing one should not be underestimated. Although it may require an investment of time and money, the increased opportunities for career advancement and fulfillment often outweigh the costs. Depending on the field, having a graduate degree may be required for licensure or certification or could give you a competitive edge in job applications. Earning a master's degree may prove to be an excellent decision if you’re looking to take your education and expertise to the next level.
Does the Addictions Counseling program provide funding to students?
CCAPS Graduate Education programs do not provide living stipends, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships as might be expected in a typical PhD program.
- US based students: CCAPS offers modest financial need-based scholarships to eligible students, and a limited number of merit-based scholarships. However, in most cases students work while going to school in order to cover living expenses and pay tuition out of pocket, including health insurance.
- International students: Are not eligible for federal financial aid or CCAPS scholarships and must show financial evidence showing that they can cover tuition, living expenses, and the Student Health Benefit plan health insurance during their period of study. To learn more about planning for these expenses, visit Plan Your Expenses or make an appointment with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
ADDC Program Questions
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Should I apply for the Addictions Counseling (ADDC) or the Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) program?
It depends on your personal and professional goals. The ADDC is the best option if you are seeking to work as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, or if you already have an affiliated license and want to become dually licensed.
Apply to the IBH program if you want to prepare for the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) license and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license.
Here are some details to help you decide which program best meets your goals.
|Addictions Counseling||Integrated Behavioral Health|
|Licensure Preparation||Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC)||Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)|
|Internship Requirement||approximately 880 hours||approximately 880−1,320 hours|
|Potential Salary||$45,000−$50,000 without dual licensure||$56,000−$75,000 with dual licensure|
What if I already have my LICSW, LMFT, or LPCC? Can I just take the additional coursework required for the MNLADC on my own, or do I have to be admitted to a program?
We recommend that students with these licenses apply to the ADDC program (rather than the IBH program).
Can I complete the ADDC program fully online?
We offer face-to-face, online, and hybrid (some face-to-face and some online class sessions) class formats. However, at this time it is not possible to complete the program fully online.
Are students in both pathways of the ADDC program eligible for financial aid?
Yes, ADDC is a master’s degree program, and therefore admitted students are eligible for financial aid.
How many credits should I take per term in the traditional, flexible pathway?
The number of credits you take should be based on your work demands, family, and other commitments, as well as the difficulty of the coursework. At the graduate level, full-time status is 6 or more credits. The University of Minnesota’s policy on expected graduate student academic work per credit is that it will exceed 3 hours per credit per week.
Can I attend full-time if I am in the traditional, flexible path?
Yes. You may attend school either full- or part-time. And you may shift from full-time to part-time depending on your other life commitments.
Will I be able to transfer coursework into the traditional, flexible ADDC program?
Admitted students may be allowed to transfer up to 10 credits of previous graduate-level coursework. See Transferring Credits section under Admission Requirements.
Can I work with clients while I'm in recovery?
Yes, you can work with clients in recovery. However, please be aware admitted students must be free of problematic substance use as defined in Minnesota Statutes 245G for at least two years immediately preceding SUD service delivery, per Minnesota DHS. This service delivery may include courses in clinics/hospitals or internships.
Can you help me figure out if I have gaps in non-UMN coursework required for the MNLADC and/or LPCC licensure?
While we can identify non-UMN coursework that meets our program requirements, the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (MNBBHT) ultimately reviews and determines coursework that meets licensing requirements. Contact the MNBBHT to discuss your specific situation.
Does the ADDC program help students find jobs?
Many students are hired by their internship site when they have completed the internship and obtain the required license. Current students and recent alumni can access career services. In addition, the program receives notices of positions and posts these opportunities for admitted students.
What are the licensing requirements for other states?
Each state has its own education and credentialing requirements for counselors. You should check the licensing requirements for the state you are considering.
Accelerated Cohort Questions
I am a currently licensed LADC at the bachelor level. Is the Accelerated Cohort the right option for me?
We recommend the traditional, flexible path for currently licensed LADC counselors.
I completed previous graduate coursework in addictions. Can I transfer courses into the Accelerated Cohort?
The Accelerated Cohort does not accept transfer or preadmission coursework. If you have transfer or preadmission courses, you should pursue the traditional ADDC path.
How do I apply for the Accelerated Cohort? Is there a deadline?
If you are interested in being considered for the Accelerated Cohort, please indicate your interest in your professional statement. If admitted, you will then receive instructions for accepting an invitation to the Accelerated Cohort. (The Accelerated Cohort admits for fall term only. The deadline to accept is July 1. )
What happens if I start out in the Accelerated Cohort and I have to drop down to part-time?
Admitted students who are unable to take the courses as scheduled would simply be moved to the flexible ADDC path to complete the degree at their own pace (up to five years).
What if I can’t complete the Accelerated Cohort classes in the order listed? What if I need to take a leave of absence or drop a course?
If you cannot complete the courses in the order listed, need to drop or withdraw from a course, or have to take a leave of absence, you will be moved into the traditional ADDC path to complete your degree. Please be aware that if you drop or withdraw from a course during any term, you will forfeit the tuition for that term and will pay the regular tuition for subsequent terms.
Can I complete the Accelerated ADDC Cohort fully online?
We offer face-to-face, online, and hybrid course formats; however, at this time, it is not possible to complete the program fully online.
Are the Accelerated Cohort courses different from the traditional, flexible path?
The courses and content are the same for both degree pathways. Each class will likely have both Accelerated Cohort and flexible path students.
Would my credits transfer into the IBH program if I decide to do the IBH program later?
You must apply for admission to the IBH program and be admitted. Courses from the ADDC program, graded B- or better and less than five years old, will transfer into the IBH program.
Can I start the Accelerated Cohort in the spring semester?
The Accelerated Cohort admits for fall start only. If you apply to and are admitted for spring, you have the option to defer to fall to begin the cohort.
I started the traditional, flexible ADDC path last term and took the exact same classes as the Accelerated Cohort. Can I transfer into the Accelerated Cohort?
No, you must declare your intent for the full time cohort program prior to the start of your program.
What happens if a class I need for full-time status is full?
Selected seats will be reserved for Accelerated Cohort students in the required courses. If the class you need to take is full, simply add yourself to the waitlist and we will reach out when additional seats or course sections open.
Can I take more classes than those listed in the Accelerated Cohort to complete my degree faster?
No. The advantage of the Accelerated Cohort is building a community of peers taking the same coursework at the same time. If you want to progress faster or slower than the schedule of classes for the Accelerated Cohort, the traditional, flexible path is your best option.