Addictions Certificate

Through the Addictions Certificate program students can complete the course work required to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) as specified by Minnesota statute.

Students who choose the Addictions Certificate plan to work specifically in the field of substance and behavioral addictions. In light of the pervasive nature and serious impact of addictions on individuals and families, the LADC certification provide graduates with knowledge and skills critical to substance and behavioral addictions counseling in Minnesota communities.

It is an on-campus program (with the exception of the internship), with courses meeting Wednesday evenings to accommodate working students. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, courses will be offered fully online with synchronous meetings.

Counselors who treat people with substance use disorders do life-changing work on a daily basis. The diversity of backgrounds and types of preparation can be a strength, provided there is a common foundation from which counselors work. Workforce development is essential to the field of substance use disorder treatment.”

– U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Addictions Certificate in the Academic Catalog

Required Courses:




Prerequisites/Course Offerings

PSY 1100

Intro to Psychology



PSY 2217

Abnormal Psychology


PSY 1100

CHEM 2130 or

Chemistry of Drugs


Online only

SOWK 2930

Drugs, Brain and Behavior


On campus: Fall and Spring

SOWK 2030

Introduction to Substance

and Behavior Addictions


Fall and Spring Term

SOWK 3201

Family Dynamics in Social Work


PSY 1100

On-campus: Fall and Spring Online: summer

SOWK 3330

Substance and Behavior Addictions: Intervention

and Prevention


PSY 1100; SOWK 2030

On-campus: Fall and Spring Term

SOWK 3551 or

PSY 3332

Generalist Practice 1 (SOWK majors only) OR Counseling and Crisis Intervention

(Non-social work majors)

3 or


PSY 1100

Non-social work majors must take PSY 3332

SOWK 3552 or

Generalist Practice 2 (SOWK majors only) OR Group Processes

(Non-social work majors)

3 or


For SOWK: SOWK 3551

For PSY: PSY 1100 & 2217

PSY 3337

Non-social work must take PSY


SOWK 4930


SOWK 4880

Internship Orientation: LADC

Internship Orientation



LADC Students register for SOWK/LADC (Dual) students must register for both orientation classes

Total Classroom Credits


SOWK 4970



All addictions certificate students complete an 880-hour, two semester internship.

See this page for details on internship course registration.

Note: Social Work majors and non-Social Work majors will register for different internship courses.




*All students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to enroll in the Internship.  Students will also be required to pass a state and national background check in order to complete an internship.  If you have any concerns about your ability to pass a background check please meet with a Social Work faculty member about this prior to enrolling in the addictions certificate courses.

Social Work majors will complete a concurrent Social Work/Substance and Behavior Addictions internship during the first semester for 480 hours.  The following semester, students will complete an Addictions Certificate internship for an additional 400 hours.

The time frame to accept transfer credits will follow the BSU policy of accepting credits completed within the last 10 years.  The department will accept credits on a case-by-case basis outside of this time frame.  Prior work experience will not be accepted in lieu of an Addictions Certificate internship.

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