This course is designed for students who have already obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology or sociology and wish to obtain additional certification in the addiction counseling field. This course provides the chemical dependency counseling content required by the state of Montana for licensure as an Addictions Counselor. This course will provide instruction on chemical dependency counseling and addiction, with emphasis on specific clinical strategies in this specialized problem area. Substance abuse may underlie or co-exist with a variety of other problems- the mental health professional trained in comprehensive understanding of addiction/dependency will be better able to assess, intervene and counsel clients appropriately.

AC 510 is offered during the 2nd session (October 12th - November 25th) in the Fall 2020 semester.


  1. Identify assessment tools used in the treatment of chemical dependency.
  2. Identify the meaning behind the 12 steps of AA/NA and be able to describe the ways in which support groups may be utilized in the treatment of chemical dependency.

  3. Identify special issues affecting minority populations in the prevention, identification and treatment of chemical dependency.

  4. Gain an understanding of the connection between trauma and addiction.

  5. Define the following terms as they apply to the treatment of chemical dependency: abuse, addiction, dependency, enabling, codependent, denial, confrontation, intervention, detoxification, DT’s, withdrawal, relapse.

  6. Describe special issues faced by females and parents in the treatment process.

  7. Identify special issues related to HIV and treatment of chemical dependency.

  8. Describe the addictive process as it affects family structure and the roles characteristically assumed by family members in the presence of addiction.

  9. Recognize personal values and biases regarding substance use and abuse, and to distinguish these from empirical data. In addition the student will be able to describe how these values and biases may affect the treatment process.

  10. Understand how spirituality and healing contribute to sobriety.

  11. Identify special issues in adolescent treatment.

  12. Gain intervention techniques with the dual diagnosed client.

  13. Learn, develop and practice skills, techniques, and strategies specific to addiction counseling. 

A 4-module online format which will include powerpoints, articles, and discussion questions will be utilized (which will require you answering questions much like you would be expected to during an in-person class).   

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  and Health Sciences Programs.  If you are a Non-Degree seeking graduate student wishing to enroll in this class, please contact Dr. Katey Franklin.

A Contemporary Approach to Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling  
Brooks, F., & McHenry, B. 
Publisher: American Counseling Association
ISBN-10: 0470907193
ISBN-13: 978-1556202827 
Price approximately $57(used)
Available used online and at Amazon

Hooked: Five addicts challenge our misguided drug rehab system 
Lonny Shavelson 
Publisher: The New Press; Reprint edition (November 14, 2002)
ISBN-10: 1565847792
ISBN-13: 978-1565847798