Alcohol & Drug Counseling


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Goals for the Alcohol & Drug Counseling major:

The School of Social & Behavioral Sciences has adopted the following goals and outcomes for students majoring in Alcohol & Drug Counseling, which are intended to result from participation in its academic program. These goals and outcomes represent the knowledge, skills and values consistent with the science and application of this field in Christian higher education. The program is designed to prepare students to work in both Christian and secular contexts, and to meet the educational and field requirements established by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for Licensure as an Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC).
Goal 1: Theory and Content
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in alcohol and drug counseling. Specific areas include:
  • Overview of alcohol and drug counseling focusing on the transdisciplinary foundations of alcohol and drug counseling and providing an understanding of theories of chemical dependency, the continuum of care, and the process of change;
  • Pharmacology of substance abuse disorders and the dynamics of addiction;
  • Screening, intake, assessment and treatment planning;
  • Counseling theory and practice, crisis intervention, orientation and client education;
  • Case management, consultation, referral, treatment planning, reporting, record keeping and professional and ethical responsibilities;
  • Multicultural aspects of chemical dependency and the ability to know when consultation is needed.
Goal 2: Research Methods
Students will understand and apply basic research methods in alcohol and drug counseling, including research design, data analysis and historical trends.
Goal 3: Critical Thinking Skills
Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to the field.
Goal 4: Application of Content
Students will understand and apply basic principles in the behavioral sciences to personal, social and organizational issues especially in contexts requiring knowledge of alcohol and drug counseling. Extensive hands-on training occurs through an 880 hour internship.
Goal 5: Values
Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of the field; and be able to recognize the influence of Christian values on the field of alcohol & drug counseling.
Goal 6: Information and Technological Literacy
Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
Goal 7: Communication Skills
Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
Goal 8: Sociocultural and International Awareness
Students will recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
Goal 9: Personal Development
Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
Goal 10: Career Planning and Development
Students will emerge from this major with realistic ideas about how to implement their content knowledge, skills and values in occupational and educational pursuits in a variety of settings, and will be able to conceptualize God’s calling for their personal and professional life.
Goal 11: Integration of Theology and the Behavioral Sciences
Students will be aware of different approaches to integration of theology with the behavioral sciences, will develop and articulate a Christian worldview, will be able to critique issues in the field from a theologically-informed perspective, and will continue to develop a firm commitment to ministry as they work in the field.


Part 1. General Education Core
Part 2. Biblical Studies Core
Part 3. Alcohol & Drug Counseling Major
65 Credits
Note: Students preparing to provide direct services to adolescents MUST select PSYC 257.
Internship credits to be taken at various times during the student’s academic program for a total of 9 credits and no less than 880 hours. Students preparing to provide services to adolescents must include a minimum of 150 hours of supervised internship providing direct services to adolescents.
Part 4. General Electives - Including Bachelor of Arts Degree Option
18 Credits