Chemical Dependency, Minor

The Chemical Dependency (CD) Minor curriculum is designed to enhance a student’s practice in social work or human services.

The minor leads to enhanced knowledge about addictions, but does not include all of the necessary coursework and internship required for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) licensure, recognizing the critical role chemical dependency/substance abuse plays in the well-being of northern Minnesota communities as well as society as a whole. Preparing students to be effective social workers includes having the knowledge and skills to work effectively with addictive (substances and behavioral) individuals and family systems.

In light of the pervasive nature and serious impact of addictions on individuals and families, the CD Minor provides graduates with knowledge and skills critical to social work practice in Minnesota communities. Students who choose the minor are aware that no matter what area of social work they choose to practice in, knowledge and skills related to chemical dependency will be beneficial. This is a crucial skill set to have as a practitioner in northern counties; a region that suffers from a shortage of qualified helping professionals.

The Social Work Program plays a pivotal role ensuring practitioners are adequately prepared for working with addiction-related social issues.

Required Courses:

Course Name Credits Prerequisite/Comments
PSY 1100 Intro to Psychology 4  
PSY 2217 Abnormal Psychology 4 PSY 1100
CHEM 2130 Chemistry of Drugs 3  
SOWK 2030 Chemical Dependency Theories and Assessment 3 Offered fall term only.
SOWK 3201

Family: Dynamics


3 PSY 1100
SOWK 3330

Chemical Dependency Prevention and Intervention



PSY 1100; SOWK 2030 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring term only.

  TOTAL Credits 20  

Curriculum Objectives:

  1. Prepare students for either enhanced human service or social work practice (Chemical Dependency minor) or beginning chemical dependency professional practice (Chemical Dependency certificate).
  2. Apply and adhere to Professional Code of Conduct as specified in Minnesota Statute 4747.1400.
  3. Become familiar with and knowledgeable about the 12 core functions. For Chemical Dependency certificate students, show evidence of application of the 12 core functions (at least 10 hours of each) in a two semester, 880-hour internship.
  4. Understand and become knowledgeable Minnesota Department of Human Services, Rule 31 for certification of chemical dependency treatment facilities requiring assessment summaries to reflect six dimensions. This universalizes facilities’ approach to assessment and treatment planning. The six dimensions are:
    • Acute intoxication and withdrawl potential
    • Biomedical conditions and complications
    • Emotional and behavioral conditions and complications
    • Treatment acceptance, resistance
    • Relapse and continued use potential
    • Recovery environment


    • Susceptibility to abuse or neglect
    • Need for additional support services, such as transportation or resident care, in order to participate in the program

Students interested in pursuing a Chemical Dependency Minor should purchase the Chemical Dependency Manual available in the BSU bookstore and contact:

Chemical Dependency Minor in the Academic Catalog

Dr. Cheryl Byers, MSW, LISW, Chair
Department of Social Work, Bemidji State University