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For those who are familiar with behavioral problems or substance abuse, every day is a challenge. This is why counselors are so instrumental in helping these people return to a normal life. As a substance abuse and behavioral counselor, you'll have countless options for assisting people. You could work at a hospital, in your own private practice, at youth facilities and much more. Before you do, though, you'll want to know the following about your education.

Substance Abuse Counselor Schools in North Dakota

The schools we outline below offer degrees that can lead to a job working as a substance abuse counselor. Most of these are in psychology, clinical counseling or similar subjects.

  • Jamestown College: This school offers a bachelor degree program and a Master of Science in clinical counseling. Students can also earn a concentration in addiction counseling.

  • Minot State University: The Addiction Studies program at this school is a B.S. degree. The practicum takes nine months to complete and places an emphasis on the physical effects of addiction.

  • North Dakota State University: Students can earn a master's degree in Counselor Education at NDSU and then pursue a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. All of the school's programs are accredited by CACREP.

  • University of North Dakota: UND has a Rehabilitation and Human Services Substance Abuse Program that entails 125 credits.

  • Valley City State University: This school has a B.A. and B.S. in psychology available. Amongst other things, their programs encourage students to apply for professional internships.

As you can see, North Dakota offers a number of options to those who want to enter this field. Still, it would be wise to carefully research each of these. The type of program you pursue will have a big effect on your career outlook.

Coursework for Substance Abuse Counselors in North Dakota

All the substance abuse counseling programs in North Dakota are going to have different curriculums. What you learn will also depend on the type of credentials you're looking to earn. However, you can expect that the following will be covered:

  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Treatment Theories and Techniques
  • Cultural Competence
  • Addiction Dynamics

In order to become licensed, you must obtain at least three credits in each of these subjects.

North Dakota Substance Abuse Counselor License

While graduating from substance abuse counselor schools in North Dakota is essential for those who want to work in this field, they must also have a license. Specifically, you'll need to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). This credential is overseen by the North Dakota State Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners.

Be advised that it can take up to three months to hear back from the board regarding your application. This is why it's important to see the below resources regarding your application so you can get started on it ASAP.

If you have plans to start your own private practice, you'll need this credential and, at the very least, a bachelor's degree. Having a master's degree will actually expedite the process, though.

Resources for Substance Abuse Counselors in North Dakota

To learn more about becoming a substance abuse counselor, spend some time on the NDBACE website. Here are some resources we recommend from the North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners:

There are also some approved training programs that can help you practice for the licensing exam.

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More North Dakota Substance Abuse Counselors Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Dickinson
Bachelor
2,670
Jamestown
Bachelor
1,024
Minot
Masters
3,895
Fargo
Doctorate & First Professional
12,527
Bismarck
Doctorate
2,786
Grand Forks
Doctorate & First Professional
12,559
Valley City
Masters
982

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Substance Abuse Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Dakota. 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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 120 $54,300

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