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).
This program is currently under revision. Please see your advisor for details.
Paula Carlsen, Program Advisor
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