Info available March 12 about major, minor in chemical dependency counseling

If you’re a compassionate person interested in a helping profession, take a look at a major or minor in chemical dependency counseling.  Both are offered through the University of St. Thomas-College of St. Catherine School of Social Work.

Learn more about the program at an information table between noon and 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the main-floor atrium in Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

The major will prepare you for work in many settings, such as inpatient and residential treatment programs, outpatient programs, family programs, detoxification centers, assessment and referral agencies, halfway houses, extended care programs and school chemical health programs.

Beginning in January 2003, applicants for the Minnesota Alcohol and Drug Counselor License will have to provide proof of an earned bachelor’s degree, 480 contact hours of chemical dependency education and 880 hours in a clinical internship in a chemical dependency treatment program. The major is designed to meet these licensing requirements.

The minor in chemical dependency studies provides students majoring in other social science and health-related areas – such as social work, nursing, psychology, sociology, criminal justice and occupational therapy – additional information on chemical dependency.

For UST senior social work major Sally Cobenais, who took the course, Chemical Dependency and the Family, last fall, learning more about chemical dependency will mean she’ll be able to better serve her future clients. “There are many places that chemical dependency problems come into play,” Cobenais said. “In social work, it’s a common thread.”

Program director Brom Johnson notes that the change in licensing requirements coming next year and the dramatic increase in national awareness of chemical dependency over the past decade are strengthening the demand for qualified counselors.

Johnson welcomes students to contact him for more information about the program; call (651) 962-5800.