Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (CODCO) with MA Program (LADC & LPC/C)
The Graduate School of Professional Psychology offers a Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (CODCO), which allows students in the M.A. program to concurrently enroll in coursework in the CODCO (15 additional credits) while completing the 48-credits of coursework in the M.A. program. These 63 credits fully meet the educational requirements in Minnesota for both licenses as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Professional Counselor/Clinical Counselor (LPC/LPCC).
Unique Features of the CODCO
- The CODCO has a multi-theoretical emphasis on contemporary practices.
The CODCO addresses the emerging area of “process addictions” such as pathological gambling, excessive internet behaviors, among others.
Rather than offer a stand-alone course that tends to consolidate diversity-related material, the CODCO infuses multicultural aspects of substance use throughout its curriculum.
- There is evidence of heightened employability of MA level graduates with a Co-Occurring concentration that enables dual licensure as an LPCC and LADC (now both administered by the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy).
There are strong initiatives both statewide and nationally to enhance the coverage of addictive disorders, which are comorbid with mental health issues to a high degree.
The MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Co-Occurring Disorders meets the degree program requirements for Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Minnesota. The program has not made a determination that its curriculum meets degree program requirements for licensure outside of the state of Minnesota. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine whether the program meets requirements for Licensure in the State where the student or applicant is located.
|M.A. with Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration|
MA: 63 total credits (15 plus 48 from the Counseling Psychology M.A.)
CPSY 600 Psychological Statistics
CPSY 602 Learning & Behavior Change in Counseling Psychology
CPSY 603 Introduction to Group Psychotherapy
CPSY 604 Psychological Assessment I
CPSY 605 Theories of Career Development
CPSY 606 Basic Counseling Skills Lab
CPSY 607 Ethics and Professional Issues
CPSY 608 Counseling Practicum I
CPSY 609 Counseling Practicum II
CPSY 610 Counseling Practicum III
CPSY 611 Theories of Counseling and Personality
CPSY 612 Human Growth and Development
CPSY 620 Foundations of Substance Use and Addictions
CPSY 621 Neurobiology of Substance Use and Addictions
CPSY 622 Assessment & Differential Diagnosis of Co-Occurring Disorders
CPSY 623 Fundamentals of Addiction Treatment Planning & Case Management
CPSY 624 Co-Occurring Disorders & Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches
CPSY 631 Physiological Bases of Behavior
CPSY 632 Psychopathology
CPSY 650 Introduction to Marriage & Family Psychology
CPSY 680 Diversity Issues in Counseling
Full course catalog with descriptions
1 | Meet the basic requirements:
- Prospective students must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
- An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required.
2 | Meet the supplementary requirements:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
3 | Submit the following application materials:
- Completed application form
- Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Submit transcripts to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 251, 1000 LaSalle, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
- Two letters of recommendation, addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
- Statement of Purpose - three pages (double spaced); see application for specific criteria
4 | Complete interview with faculty upon selection as finalist
The Interprofessional Center offers psychological services to a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, while providing both practicum experiences and a pre-doctoral internship for graduate professional psychology students. At the IPC, students strive to meet the needs of underserved people while gaining valuable real-world experience. Our clients are low-income, uninsured or underinsured, individuals who often are unable to obtain psychological services if it were not for clinics like the IPC. Services provided to clients (all free of charge) can include: individual counseling, group counseling, couples/family counseling, DBT (both skills group and therapy), psychological testing and/or psycho-education. In addition, students may have the opportunity to periodically work on cases which are shared between Psychological Services and Social Work, Psychological Services and Law, or among all three of the disciplines at the IPC.
The University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is student-led organization founded with the purpose of enhancing the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas. The GSPP GSO unites Masters and Doctoral-level graduate psychology students in the University of St. Thomas GSPP, for the purpose of professional and personal student development, the betterment of the department, and in their contributions to the field and community. The GSO strives to enhance the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas through: representing and unifying GSPP graduate students at all levels, advancing their professional and personal interests, providing a forum for student discussion of psychology-relevant topics, and promoting graduate student participation in university and community affairs.