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.

This is an on-campus program, with courses meeting in the evenings to accommodate working students.

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


Complete the following courses:

Select 1 of the following courses:
**Non-social work majors must take PSY 3332 Counseling and Crisis Interventions (4 credits)

Select 1 of the following courses:
**Non-social work majors must take PSY 3337 Group Processes (3 credits)

Complete 24 credits of internship over two semesters selected from the following courses:



All Addictions Certificate courses must reflect a letter grade of C or higher and cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Students will 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 Amanda Longie about this prior to enrolling in the addictions certificate courses.

Social Work majors will complete a concurrent Social Work/Substance and Behavior Addictions internship.

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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