Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction Counseling

Total credits: 64 credits, Addictions and Clinical Mental Health   OR
73 credits, Addictions and Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling 

The mission of the counseling program is to prepare mental health professionals to provide ethical and competent counseling for the real-world needs of a diverse global community. This Adlerian-based program promotes social interest, advocacy, and harmony throughout the entirety of the coursework.

The Adler Graduate School offers a Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction Counseling (CODAC) preparing students with an advanced level of competency, knowledge, and skills to treat the complex and unique clinical presentation of addiction with another mental health disorder in diverse individuals, families, couples, and groups using an Adlerian, multicultural, trauma-informed, and ethically sound lens. CODAC students are prepared to be leaders in the field, promoting advocacy and social justice for clients and society. CODAC students will learn current and emerging evidence-based approaches to screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of various mental health and co-occurring disorders, including individual, group, community-based, and neuroscience-based methods. In addition to coursework, the Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction Counseling emphasis includes a practicum and internship experience, offering opportunities to enhance teachings from the classroom to the clinical world. This 64-73 credit degree requires successful completion of all program requirements including membership in a professional organization. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two and a half years. Counselors in this specialty work from a holistic approach providing counseling services in different health care settings such as outpatient, inpatient hospital settings, residential facilities, hospice care centers, or private practice.

Our program prepares students to meet licensure requirements for the LADC and LPCC credentials in MN. Additional credits are required in order to meet requirements for dual licensure as LADC and LMFT in MN, as described below.  In order to verify whether the program meets licensure requirements in the state where you intend to practice, please contact the state licensure board. Contact information for clinical mental health licensure boards can be found at the American Counseling Association State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards page and at the American Association of State Counseling Boards Members page. Information about licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the different states can be found at the American Foundation for Marriage and Family Therapy webpage. For licensure in addictions visit The Association for Addiction Professionals.

Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction Counseling Course Requirements

500Principles of Research and Program Evaluation

3

503Introduction to the Counseling Profession

3

504Abnormal Psychology & DSM 5

3

505Developmental Psychology

3

509Comparative Theories Through an Adlerian Lens

4

512Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio

2

516Foundations of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders

3

517Ethics and Professional Identity

3

519Trauma and Crisis Intervention

2

523Multi-Cultural Counseling

3

525Essential Interviewing Skills

3

528Didactic (Individual)

0

529Didactic (Group)

0

532Group Psychotherapy and Counseling

3

533Clinical Assessment

3

534Behavioral Neuroscience

3

537Adv Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy Skills

3

539Consultation and Advocacy for the Mental Health Profession

1

541Theories of Family Therapy

3

562Foundations of Career Development

3

583Case Management for Co-Occurring Disorders

3

584Best Practices in Co-Occurring Disorders

3

585Integrative Seminar - COD

1

604Portfolio Defense - COD, MCFC, MHC

1

620Advanced Seminar in Counseling: Human Sexuality

1

Additional course requirements for MCFC (73 credits total)

542Couples Counseling

3

543Family Therapy

3

544Counseling Children and Adolescents

3

Field Experience Requirements

Students will complete 5 credits total for field experience. Three credits will be earned for internship by completing 3 terms of 988 Internship in COD.

930Introduction to Field Experience Seminar

0

931Practicum for COD, MHC and MCFC

1

988Internship in Co-Occurring Disorders

1