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.

The important role that LADC certification plays in preparing BSU graduates for social work practice has been substantiated by members of the Practitioner Advisory Council. Below is a comment made by a member when asked about the importance of the LADC certification in this region.

“Northwest Minnesota is the poorest region of the State and all 12 counties in this region are identified as “frontier,” a status indicating significant distance to market service areas for health and other services for rural populations which contributes to gross health disparities.  There is also a mental and behavioral health professional shortage area.  Given these factors, the BSU Social Work Program’s LADC certification and CD minor are vitally important.  A majority of clients served in this area who have mental health issues have dual diagnosis issues.  BSU has produced many of the LADCs now serving this regional area.”.

– Rebecca Schueller, Former Executive Director, Evergreen Youth and Family Services

Addictions Certificate in the Academic Catalog (under Chemical Dependency Certificate for Licensure).

Required Courses:

Course Name Credits Prerequisites/Comments
PSY 1100 Intro to Psychology 4
PSY 2217 Abnormal Psychology 4  PSY 1100: Intro to Psychology
CHEM 2130 Chemistry of Drugs 3
SOWK 2030 Intro to Substance and Behavior Addictions 3 Offered fall term only.
SOWK 3201

Family: Dynamics


3 PSY 1100: Intro to Psychology
SOWK 3330

Substance and Behavioral Addictions: Prevention and Intervention



PSY 1100: Intro to Psychology

SOWK 2030: Intro to SBA or consent of instructor.

Offered spring term only.

SOWK 3551 or PSY3332

SOWK 3551: Generalist Practice 1 (SOWK Students)

PSY 3332: Counseling and Crisis Intervention* (Non-SOWK Students)

3 or


PSY 1100: Intro to Psychology

Non-Social Work majors will take Psy 3332: Counseling and Crisis Intervention.  Social Work majors will take Generalist Practice 1.

SOWK 3552 or PSY 3337

SOWK 3552: Generalist Practice 2 (SOWK Students)

PSY 3337: Group Processes (Non-SOWK Students)


Social Work Majors:

Social Work majors will enroll in SOWK 3552: Generalist Practice 2.

Prerequisites for SOWK: SOWK 3551

Non-Social Work Majors:

Non-Social Work majors will enroll in PSY 3337: Group Processes

Prerequisites for PSY : PSY 1100 and 2217

SOWK 4880 Internship Orientation 1 Preparation for internship, to be taken the semester immediately before the start of the internship
Total Classroom Credits 27-29
SOWK 4970-02 *Internship 24 880 hour internship (two semesters)
TOTAL Credits 51-53

*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 chemical dependency 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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