Substance Abuse Counseling, AA

Due to changing educational requirements at the state level for licensed addiction counselors, this course of study is subject to change. Students should work closely with an advisor to determine their course of study.

This program is designed to meet the academic requirement for the State of Montana’s Licensed Addiction Counselor.
This program provides the student with the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of addictions. Upon completion of this program, students will

  • Understand addiction
    1. Understand a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance abuse.
    2. Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the user and significant others.
  • Understand treatment
    1. Describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems.
    2. Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.
  • Apply knowledge
    1. Understand the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
    2. Provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.
  • Demonstrate professionalism
    1. Understand the importance of self-awareness in one’s personal, professional, and cultural life.
    2. Understand the addiction professionals’ obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
Required Courses
First Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 16
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 17
First Year Total: 33
Second Year
Fall Semester
First Semester Total: 16
Spring Semester
Second Semester Total: 17
Second Year Total: 33
Total Credits: 66
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Recommended electives as course loads and time permit:
Students receiving financial aid or veteran's benefits should check with the Financial Aid Office before registering for recommended courses.  
Program Information
  • After graduating with this option, the student must complete 1,000 hours of supervised work experience in a state-licensed substance abuse program in order to apply for the Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor's test. This requirement is subject to change.
Advising Information:
For more information about this program, contact an advisor.
Academic Advisor Faculty Advisor
Jori Bullemer Carlin Hale
LRC 129 BSS 124
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-3886

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