Chemical Dependency Counseling: Addiction & Recovery


This minor provides students preparing for work in a variety of settings (social work, health care, education, public health, criminal justice, etc...) with a foundational understanding of addiction and recovery and their impact on multiple areas of life. Students will learn how to identify abuse and addiction, and the beginning steps in assisting, advocating for, and referring people who have chemical health concerns.

Minor Objectives:

  • Understand addiction and recovery and their impact on multiple areas of life
  • Understand the interdisciplinary approach to addiction and recovery counseling
  • Pharmacology of substance abuse disorders and the dynamics of addiction
  • Screening, intake, assessment, and treatment planning
  • Understand counseling theory and practice, models of treatment, and crisis intervention.
  • Develop skills in case management, consultation, referral, treatment planning, reporting and record keeping
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Identify and understand addiction and recovery across diverse populations

Required Courses: St. Thomas course number / St. Kate's course number

  • Chemical Dependency Counseling/Addiction & Recovery: Assessment & Intervention, CHDC 300 / CDC 3000
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling/Addiction & Recovery: Families & Cultural Diversity, CHDC 305 / CDC3050
  • Communication and Interviewing Skills, SOWK 355 / SOWK 3550
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling/Addiction & Recovery: Co-Occurring Disorders & Pharmacology, CHDC 435 / CDC 4350
    * Pre-reqs: Introduction to Psychology; CDC 300(0); CDC 305(0)

FAQs: Chemical Dependency Counseling: Addiction & Recovery Minor

No!  While we think this minor is a great fit for people who are social work majors, it is not only for them.  Addiction, treatment, and recovery cross a variety of populations and issues. Whether in healthcare, education, or another environment focused on helping people, this minor will assist you in better understanding and serving individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Adding this minor to a variety of disciplines such as psychology, education, public health, family studies, nursing, etc... will provide you with foundational knowledge which will help you leverage your liberal arts education to real-world work.

Yes!  If you are on-track in your current major and declare your minor in a timely fashion, you can do it. 

No. A minor in Chemical Dependency is not accepted by the Council on Social Work Education as preparation for beginning-level generalist social work practice. It will not allow you to be advanced standing for MSW programs or sit for the social work licensing exam.

The St. Catherine University - University of St. Thomas School of Social Work is a joint program offering courses on both campuses. Students wishing to register for courses can access both the St. Thomas and the St. Catherine University social work courses on our Course Schedules page.

Instructions for registering for courses at the other university through the ACTC system are found on our Registering for Classes page