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Certificate/Minor in Chemical Dependency

The Chemical Dependency curriculum is two pronged: The Chemical Dependency 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 licensure application.

The Chemical Dependency certificate curriculum prepares students to meet the educational requirements for Alcohol and Drug Counselor licensure application and thus for professional practice in the fields of addictions and substance abuse.

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 or certificate should purchase the Chemical Dependency Manual available in the BSU bookstore and contact:

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

BSU Chemical Dependency Certificate

For information re: State of Minnesota Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) licensure contact:

Samantha Strehlo, LADC Licensing Coordinator
Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
2829 University Ave, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 617-2178

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