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Drugs in the Community (COUN 1500)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is designed to acquaint you with the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of commonly abused drugs in the community. Topics include: drugs of abuse (marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, etc.); substance abuse among people in the community (youth, ethnic and cultural groups); and substance abuse services (prevention, treatment and drugs and law enforcement). This is a nonprogram course that is offered for the general student body.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Introduction to Addictionology (COUN 2510)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course acquaints you with what addiction counselors experience both personally and professionally. Ethics, licensure and the 12 core functions of a counselor are discussed. The course focuses on gaining a working knowledge of predominant professional approaches to addiction. Historic approaches, Jellinek theory and the disease concept are critically reviewed. It also examines similarities of many types of harmful dependencies and stresses differences and parallels among various approaches to their treatment. Discussion and writing assignments allow you to further develop critical thinking skills. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Psychopharmacology (COUN 2520)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course will acquaint you with psychoactive drug classifications and with the physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects of mind-altering drugs. This course describes the characteristics of several types of mental illness, how they co-vary with chemical dependency and how education and counseling techniques are used in treatment. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Multicultural Counseling Skills (COUN 2540)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  4.00  
Description:  In this course, you will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that alcohol- and drug-abuse counselors need in order to work effectively with culturally diverse client populations. You will focus on psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral theories and techniques, as well as on motivational interviewing and family counseling within a multicultural context. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052.

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Assessment and Interviewing (COUN 2620)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course teaches the skills of chemical health assessment and referral. You will learn appropriate interviewing techniques, data collection, and diagnostic and referral procedures. You will review several assessment tools, including "Rule 25" and DSM-IV criteria. You will practice advanced counseling skills and motivational interviewing techniques. This course meets the 30-hour state requirement for "Rule 25" training. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

COUN 2510 or instructor approval.

Co-requisites:

COUN 2630, COUN 2640 and COUN 2650

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Case Management and Legal and Ethical Standards (COUN 2630)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for successful case management for professional addiction counseling. You will learn about the twelve core functions of addiction counseling: screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, reports and record keeping, and consultation with other professionals. You will also address the cultural, mental health and legal/ethical factors of clinical practice. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

COUN 2510, or instructor approval.

Co-requisites:

COUN 2620, COUN 2640, and COUN 2650

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Group Counseling (COUN 2640)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course teaches the theoretical and practical skills of group counseling for alcohol and drug-abuse treatment. You will learn about group stages, group leader skills, group rules and goals, types of group therapy and clinical record keeping. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

COUN 2510, or instructor approval.

Co-requisites:

COUN 2620, COUN 2630, and COUN 2650.

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Practicum Assessment and Preparation (COUN 2650)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  In this course, faculty will evaluate your readiness for a practicum and guide you in selecting practicum sites for the next semester. You will examine your strengths and areas for improvement as a potential alcohol and drug-abuse counselor, develop goals and criteria for practicum site selection, and interview at a variety of possible treatment and program sites. At the end of this course you must choose and be accepted by an appropriate practicum site approved by program faculty. You must earn at least a "C" (2.0) grade in this course in order to be eligible for practicum the following semester. You must undergo a criminal background check through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

COUN 2510 or instructor approval.

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Addiction Counseling Group Practicum 1 (COUN 2730)

Credits:  5   Internship/Practicum:  5.00

Description:  You will transfer the knowledge and skills acquired in coursework to the clinical setting in this first of two required practica. You will demonstrate competence in the Transdisciplinary Foundations of Practice Dimensions (12 core functions) of a counselor. The experience may take place in a variety of agencies. You will collaborate with faculty on internship planning with the intent of meeting your individualized career goals. The two practica must total 880 hours and one must be at least 440 hours. You will also attend biweekly two-hour group classroom sessions as part of practicum supervision. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

COUN 2650.

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Addiction Counseling Group Practicum 2 (COUN 2830)

Credits:  5   Internship/Practicum:  5.00

Description:  This course is the second required practicum in which you transfer knowledge and skills learned in coursework to the clinical setting. You will demonstrate competence in the Transdisciplinary Foundations of Practice Dimensions (12 core functions) of a counselor. The experience may take place in a variety of agencies. You will collaborate with faculty on internship planning with the intent of meeting your individualized career goals. The two practica must total 880 hours and one must be at least 440 hours. You will also attend biweekly two-hour group classroom sessions as part of practicum supervision. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

COUN 2730.

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Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders (COUN 2930)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  In this elective course, you will learn and apply skills and competencies for screening, assessing and counseling persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders described in SAMHSA TIP 42 "Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders." You will learn the most contemporary evidence-based treatments, methods, and skills for working with multidisciplinary behavioral health teams. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

COUN 2510 or Instructor approval.

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