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Addiction Studies (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is designed to provide graduate level counseling skills in the areas of chemical dependency and addiction (substance use disorders).

The focus of the program is to develop professionals who are able to provide individualized services informed by evidence-based practices. Students will learn to integrate a variety of models, theories, and research-based approaches to diverse cultural populations.

Through this program, students will gain an understanding of addictions, chemical use, and dependency on individuals, families, and society. A goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to recognize and treat individuals with chemical and co-occurring concerns. A variety of treatment approaches will be studied with an emphasis on chemical health. Through their coursework and practicum experiences, students will be expected to develop competency in the following 12 Core Functions of an alcohol and drug counselor:

  • Screening
  • Intake
  • Orientation
  • Assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Counseling
  • Case management crisis management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Client education
  • Referral
  • Reports and record keeping
  • Consultation with other professionals regarding treatment and services

Working As An Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies program and obtaining licensure from the State of Minnesota, students may find themselves working in a hospital, private practice, or treatment center, or perhaps they may be providing chemical health assessments for employers or the court system. Licensed alcohol and drug counselors perform a variety of duties that require academic as well as practical experience.

Dual Program Option: M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies

Saint Mary's offers a new dual program option to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment. The program is designed to help students meet the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy's educational requirements for licensure as Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC).

The emphasis of this dual program option is an integration of both mental health and substance use theory and skills that can be applied to the profession. Students in the dual program have the opportunity to develop skills academically and experientially to work in mental health, chemical health, dual-disorder, criminal justice, hospital, assessment, detox, residential, and outpatient settings.

This option combines the requirements of the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services  and the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies in as few as 60 credits. An Integrated Practicum of 880 hours is based on the requirements of the State of Minnesota's practicum requirements for licensure as a LPC/LPCC and LADC.

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Daniel Lawrence

Enrollment Counselor

Admission - SGPP

LaSalle Hall - TC Campus, LSH 116

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4529

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Daniel Lawrence
Karen Chapple

Enrollment Counselor

Admission - SGPP

LaSalle Hall - TC Campus, LSH 120

(612) 728-5197


John Jankord, M.F.T.

Program Director

Certificate in Addiction Studies

Brother Louis Hall, BLH 227

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5243

John Jankord is a mental health clinician who brings more than 18 years of varied substance use and mental health disorder treatment experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor, and Master Addiction Counselor to the Addiction Studies Certificate program and classroom.

Area of Expertise: Counseling

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