Pre-Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
If you are drawn to the field of mental health with an interest in helping others overcome addiction, the pre-licensed alcohol and drug counselor (pre-LADC) program at UMN Morris may be the right path for you. The pre-LADC program complements UMN Morris’s psychology and human services majors. Upon completion of the program—and an undergraduate degree—you will be fully prepared to take the Minnesota licensure exam to receive the LADC credential. Upon passing, you will be able to work as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Minnesota.
The liberal arts approach to the pre-LADC program emphasizes personal and professional growth and development to gain a better understanding of yourself and others. You’ll learn how to provide culturally sensitive counseling for people who experience addictive and substance-related disorders.
As a pre-LADC student, you’ll work closely with your academic adviser to ensure that you are completing the coursework and the alcohol and drug counseling practicum required to pass the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy’s licensed alcohol and drug counselor exam.
As a psychology major in the pre-LADC program, you must complete 67 total credits:
- 34 psychology pre-LADC credits
- 20 psychology non-pre-LADC credits
- 13 pre-practicum and practicum credits
Human Services General Sub Plan Major
As a human services general sub plan major in the pre-LADC program, you must complete 75 total credits:
- 34 human services general sub plan pre-LADC credits
- 28 human services general sub plan non-pre-LADC credits
- 13 pre-practicum and practicum credits
Note that by completing the above requirements, you automatically complete the psychology minor requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
By completing the pre-LADC program, you will be able to
- develop effective therapeutic relationships with people who have substance-related and addictive disorders;
- demonstrate competence in counseling and related professional skills;
- conduct assessments;
- develop person-centered treatment plans;
- carry out evidence-based interventions;
- integrate and apply ethical standards; and
- provide culturally sensitive and responsive interventions.
General Education Requirements
The University of Minnesota and its faculty are committed to providing an education that invites you to investigate the world from new perspectives, learn new ways of thinking, and grow as an active citizen and lifelong learner. The University’s general education requirements are designed to be integrated throughout your four-year undergraduate experience. These courses provide you an opportunity to explore fields outside your major and complement your major curriculum with a multidisciplinary perspective.
Put your credits to work for you at UMN Morris, where you’ll earn a degree from a highly ranked public liberal arts university.
Careers & Graduate School
Licensed alcohol and drug counselors typically work as addictions counselors, substance abuse counselors, or chemical dependency counselors in the following settings:
- Adult and adolescent public and private addiction treatment centers
- Community mental health centers
- Correctional facilities
- Federal, state, or county agencies
- Clinics and hospitals
- Educational institutions
Although a graduate degree is not required to work as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Minnesota once you’ve completed the UMN Morris pre-LADC program and passed the exam, you will be well-prepared to pursue graduate studies should you want to.
Cost of Attendance
The University of Minnesota Morris is a national public liberal arts college committed to making a high-quality education available to students from across the country. Expenses for housing, meals, books and supplies, transportation, loan fees, and personal expenditures can vary.
Students are immediately considered for a scholarship package upon admission to UMN Morris.
Scholarships are a type of financial aid awarded to you and are often based on specific criteria, such as your major, GPA, or financial need.
Research & Engagement
During your time at UMN Morris, you may be able to take part in research opportunities to gain service and field experience as an undergraduate, and this is highly encouraged and supported by faculty.
In addition to research, there are other ways to engage in your area of study outside the classroom, such as authoring or co-authoring publications. You may also have opportunities to present at campus, national, and regional professional and undergraduate conferences and to qualify for certain scholarly awards. And most programs at UMN Morris have an affiliated club.
Opportunities for Students
The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) offers students an opportunity to present research plus scholarly and creative work. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides University of Minnesota undergraduates from every college, major, and discipline, the opportunity to partner with a faculty member on research or creative projects.
The University of Minnesota Morris offers the Morris Academic Partnership (MAP) program, in which faculty select academically talented, qualified second-year and third-year students to assist them in scholarly and creative projects. Selected MAP students undertake assignments intended to enhance their intellectual competence and increase their interest in graduate or professional study.
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