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If you've always wanted to make a difference in people's lives, then becoming a counselor would make a lot of sense. Whether you help those with behavioral problems or struggling with addiction, your dedication will be invaluable. Before you can begin this career, though, you'll need to consider your options for an education. While it's important that you take a lot of time to think over this decision, the following will inform you about schools in Minnesota that will prepare you for this kind of career.

Substance Abuse Counseling Programs in Minnesota

Becoming a substance abuse counselor in Minnesota requires you go to school and earn a recognized credential. Here are five options that can give you that:

  • Bemidji State University: This school offers a certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. In order to qualify for the required internship, you must carry a GPA of at least 2.5. The program is two semesters long.

  • Century College: Students can choose between an associate degree in Chemical Dependency and a certificate in this subject.The former requires 60 credits, while the latter is 26. Both of these programs provide the option of taking online courses and can be taken on a part-time basis too.

  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College: This school's Addiction Counseling Program is Minnesota's oldest. There is an A.S. degree which is 60 credits and a diploma that requires 36.

  • Hamline University: The psychology major at this school is meant to set students up for a number of options after graduation. This includes working as a substance abuse counselor. Graduates must also take at least one 5000-level course and three electives.

  • St. Olaf College: Much like Hamlin, the coursework for St. Olaf College's psychology degree is designed to give graduates plenty of opportunities. To this end, they are offered courses in family studies, neuroscience, gender studies and psychology, all of which will be helpful to those who wish to be substance abuse and behavioral counselors.

With so many different types of programs to choose from, be sure you take the time to research what each of the above substance abuse counseling programs in Minnesota has to offer.

Coursework for Substance Abuse Counselor Schools in Minnesota

None of the programs we reviewed in the last section are going to be exactly the same. However, most of them will cover some version of the following to prepare you for your career:

  • Family Dynamics
  • Chemical Dependency Theories and Assessment
  • Chemical Dependency Prevention and Intervention
  • Social Work
  • Psychology

They will all require some version of an internship too. You may actually serve as an intern at several different locations. This is a huge plus if you don't already know what area of this field you want to focus on. That kind of experience will quickly help you decide.

Minnesota Substance Abuse Counselor Certification

In Minnesota, counselors of all kinds must be certified by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT). This can happen through one of three ways. We're going to list them below along with the accompanying Minnesota statute that describes them in more detail. For all of these, you will need at least a bachelor's degree or have a certification from a similar jurisdiction; this is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Standard Method (section 148F.025, subd. 1, 2, 3(1) and 2(i))
  • Supervision Alternative (section 148F.025, subd. 1, 2, 3(1) and 2(ii))
  • Reciprocity (section 148F.030)

There is also required coursework for this field, but all of the schools outlined above meet the requirements.

Resources for Substance Abuse Counselors in Minnesota

Here are some important resources to help you down your career path as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) here in Minnesota:

Any of the above substance abuse counselor schools in Minnesota will also help prepare you for the LADC requirements, but these are still worth going over.

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
 
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More Minnesota Substance Abuse Counselors Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Minneapolis
Masters
3,793
Bemidji
Masters
4,571
Mankato
Bachelor
611
Northfield
Bachelor
1,994
White Bear Lake
Associate
8,968
Saint Joseph
Bachelor
2,086
Saint Paul
Doctorate
5,238
Moorhead
Masters
2,811
Saint Paul
Masters
2,260
Rochester
Bachelor
184
Saint Bonifacius
Masters
1,270
Cloquet
Associate
2,197
Saint Peter
Bachelor
2,625
Saint Paul
Doctorate & First Professional
4,803
Grand Rapids
Associate
1,157
Saint Paul
Bachelor
1,920
Virginia
Associate
1,411
Saint Paul
Masters
6,802
Minneapolis
Associate
9,188
Mankato
Doctorate
14,515
Moorhead
Doctorate
7,494
Saint Cloud
Doctorate
16,940
Collegeville
Masters
2,080
Winona
Doctorate
5,960
Marshall
Masters
6,073
Northfield
Bachelor
3,040
Duluth
Doctorate
3,259
Duluth
Masters
11,184
Morris
Bachelor
1,686
Minneapolis
Doctorate & First Professional
50,883
Saint Paul
Doctorate & First Professional
10,984
Winona
Masters
8,334

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Substance Abuse Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Minnesota. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Substance Abuse Counselors

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Substance Abuse Counselors relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Rochester N/A $44,960
St. Cloud 130 $52,120

Sources:

  1. Becoming a Counselor in Minnesota, http://www.counselor-license.com/counselor-certification/counselor-minnesota.html#context/api/listings/prefilter, Accessed on October 31, 2016
  2. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) License Requirements in Minnesota, http://www.counselor-license.com/become-a-substance-abuse-counselor/minnesota-substance-abuse-counselor.html, Accessed on October 31, 2016

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