Alcohol & Drug Counseling


ADC programs include a Bachelor's degree and a Certificate. For more information on the ADC Certificate click here

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).
Student Learning and Development Outcomes for the Alcohol and Drug Counseling major include:
Goal 1: Identify as a professional alcohol and drug counselor and conduct oneself accordingly
  • Advocate for client access to the services of alcohol and drug counseling
  • Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development
  • Attend to professional roles and boundaries
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication
  • Engage in career-long learning
  • Use supervision and consultation

Goal 2: Apply alcohol and drug counseling ethical principles to guide professional practice

  • Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice
  • Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the Minnesota Statutes that govern alcohol and drug counselors as well as those of the professional associations to which they belong
  • Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts
  • Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to aririve at principled decisions

Goal 3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

  • Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom
  • Analyze models of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues
  • Demonstrate effective thinking and writing for various purposes

Goal 4: Engage in diversity and difference in practice

  • Recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
  • Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working in diverse groups
  • View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants

Goal 5: Engage in treatment modalities that assist clients

  • Understand the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems
  • Develop and defend a treatment plan for specific clients that select from the above
  • Understand the value of an interdisciplinary approach to addiction treatment
  • Understand and utilize the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders

Goal 6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

  • Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry
  • Use reserach evidence to inform practice

Goal 7: Apply knowledge of interaction between the individual and his/her environment

  • Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  • Critique and apply knowledge to understand individuals and their contexts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources to assist in providing comprehensive and holistic support to clients

Goal 8: Respond to contexts that shape practice

  • Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technilogical developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services
  • Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services

Goal 9: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

  • Substansively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Use empathy and other interpersonal skills
  • Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes
  • Collect, organize, and interpret data
  • Assess client strengths and limitations
  • Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives
  • Select appropriate intervention strategies
  • Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals
  • Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
  • Help clients resolve problems
  • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients
  • Facilitate transitions and endings
  • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

Goal 10: Ethically integrate alcohol and drug counseling and Christian theology

  • Describe various approaches to the relationship between alcohol and drug counseling (science) and Christianity (theology)
  • Articulate a Christian worldview
  • Critique issues in alcohol and drug counseling from a theologically-informed perspective
  • Demonstrate commitment to alcohol and drug counseling as a form of ministry

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