The Adler Graduate School is pleased to offer the Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. The emphasis of this state-of-the-art degree is on the progressive approach to working simultaneously with both mental health and substance use disorders, which helps the client and therapist work toward a more holistic, integrated, and positive outcome. Counselors and therapists with training in Co-Occurring Disorders work in numerous settings that provide education, health, mental health, criminal justice, and chemical health services to individuals, couples, and families. Depending on courses completed, internship activities and post-degree practice, masters-level graduates with a Co-Occurring Disorder emphasis are prepared to apply for the following licenses: LADC and LPC/LPCC or LADC and LMFT.
Adler Graduate School also offers a Co-Occurring Disorders Certificate Program. The certificate program is designed for graduate students who have completed a Master of Arts or Sciences degree in a related field and wish to attain a certificate in Co-Occurring disorders. Depending on courses completed and internship activities, graduates with a Co-Occurring Disorders Certificate are prepared to apply for the following licenses: LADC
Substance Use and Mental Health Counseling
This emphasis area prepares students to pursue the professional role of alcohol and drug counselor (ADC) and mental health counselor (MHC). Mental health counseling is a nationally recognized field in the practice of mental health. Professional counselors typically hold a license as an LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor or an LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. The emphasis in ADC and MHC is constructed around State of Minnesota criteria for licensure as an alcohol and drug counselor and professional counselor. LPC, LPCC and LADC professionals are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, 2829 University Ave SE Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 617-2178.
Substance Use and Marriage and Family Therapy
The Co-Occurring Disorders emphasis area could also prepare students for the professional roles of alcohol and drug counselor (ADC) and marriage and family therapist (MFT). The emphasis in ADC and MFT is constructed around State of Minnesota criteria for licensure as an alcohol and drug counselor and marriage and family therapist. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, 2829 University Ave SE, Suite 310, Minneapolis, MN 55414. LMFT is a recognized license in almost all 50 states.
Master’s Level Emphasis in
Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
Abnormal Psychology & DSM IV/5
Basic Counseling Skills
Values, Ethics and Legalities
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
Systems of Family Therapy
COD Core Classes
Foundations of Co-Occurring Disorders
Case Management and Treatment Planning for COD
533, 581, 582
Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice in COD
Field Experience Requirements
300 hours practicum. 580 hours Internship
Practicum in COD
Internship in COD
Additional Courses Required for LPC (61 credits total)
Foundations of Career Development
Additional Courses Required for LPCC (67 credits total)
Psychodynamics of Psychopathology
Advanced Approaches to Counseling and Therapy Skills
Treatment Planning- COD 583 Above
Evaluation Methodologies- COD 584 Above
Additional Courses Required for LMFT (64 credits total)
Family and Couples Therapy
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Certificate in Co-Occurring Disorders (Minimum of 15 credits)
Field Experience Requirements
300 hours practicum. 580 hours InternshipProfessionals with significant experience in the field may petition to have
field experience hours decreased.
However, at no time will students be allowed to complete less than 200 hours
in a COD specific internship site.
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