This course is offered as a means to fulfill a requirement for licensure as an Addictions Counselor in the state of Montana and will build upon material presented in previous AC courses. Students will learn about terminology, physiological effects, psychological effects, withdrawal symptoms, drug interactions, and treatment applications for each drug classification.

AC 504 is offered during the 1st session (August 17th - October 9th) in the Fall 2020 semester. 

1.      Understand how to critically evaluate research relevant to the practice of addiction counseling

2.      Explore some addiction treatment and prevention options

3.      Explore evidenced-based treatments and basic strategies for evaluating counseling outcomes in addiction counseling

4.      Apply relevant research findings to inform the practice of addiction counseling

5.      Analyze and use data to increase the effectiveness of addiction counseling


This course will be delivered in four modules over the course of eight weeks; each module will be two weeks in length. The online format will include uploaded interactive newsletters at the beginning of each module. The structure of the course will require you to actively engage in course content, answer discussion questions much like you would be expected to during an on-site class, submit mini assignments, complete module quizzes, and a final assignment. 

This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 5 times per week and plan on spending 16 to 18 hours per week (combination online and offline) for 7.5 weeks to successfully complete this 3-credit course.  If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Restricted to Montana State University students in the Addiction Counseling Certificate, Masters in Counseling, and Health Sciences Programs.  If you are a Non-Degree seeking graduate student wishing to enroll in this class, please contact Dr. Katey Franklin.
1. Drugs and the neuroscience of behavior

Prus, A. (2018). Drugs and the neuroscience of behavior (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publishing.