Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program

RCTC’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling program is designed for students who want to learn more about chemical dependency issues and/or who desire a career working with chemically dependent people. The curriculum provides students with alcohol and drug counseling-specific coursework in at least 12 core competency areas including screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling skills, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, record keeping, and consultation. Foundational chemical dependency counseling theory, pharmacology, ethics, multicultural aspects, co-occurring disorders, and other applicable topics are also taught. During the required practicum placements in a licensed chemical dependency facility, students gain practical experience, under the guidance and supervision of a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or other qualified professional.

Upon completion of the Alcohol and Drug Counseling program students who have an associate degree can apply for a temporary drug counselor license (ADC-T) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. If the licensing board (MNBBHT) approves their application, students can work as an ADC-T for up to five years while they complete a bachelor’s degree. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree of higher and pass the national exam can apply for a drug counseling license (LADC) through the licensing board (MNBBHT).


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Paula Carlsen, Program Advisor

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