Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate


With an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate, you’ll help others transform their lives through treatment.

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Discover learning that fits your life. In Bethel’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program, you’ll be prepared to begin a career helping others overcome addiction. Our program focuses on up-to-date, evidence-based care that focuses on treating the whole-person, affecting mind, body, and spirit. You’ll build a strong foundation in alcohol and drug counseling that will support your career in social work, mental health, congregational care, and other areas.

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Our certificate program will strengthen your counseling skills and prepare you for licensure in Minnesota as an alcohol and drug counselor

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Program Highlights

Certification preparation

Courses meet the 880 hour (9-12 month) practical experience requirement for certification in Minnesota as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) as prescribed by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Core counselor skills

Learn personal, interpersonal, and professional skills needed for effective addictions counseling.

Rapid advancement

Our five-week classes allow you to move quickly toward your educational goals.

Cross-cultural awareness

Understand how cultural factors affect your clients and how you can communicate most effectively with persons from all walks of life.

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Learn to help others overcome addiction through your holistic practice.

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We believe in the power of holistic care rooted in a deep appreciation for human dignity. Through our alcohol and drug counseling certificate program, you will learn how to address the needs of an increasingly diverse world while offering hope from a place of humility, empathy, and grace. Our focus on evidence-based practice will provide an ideal foundation for providing effective addiction counseling.

Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a certificate in alcohol and drug counseling?

An Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate will give you the skills to become a competent, effective counselor.


Learn how to:

  • Practice evidence-based addictions counseling
  • Screen, assess, and design addictions treatment plans
  • Practice intercultural sensitivity in addictions counseling
  • Integrate holistic care into addictions counseling
  • Navigate the professional and ethical issues faced by addiction counselors

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Our graduates may continue on to study:

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