Montana State University

AC 510-801: Chemical Dependency Counseling II

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Oct 23-Dec 15, 2017
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Johnny LaLonde

Restricted to students in Addiction Counseling Certificate

Course Description

**You must apply to be in the Addiction Counseling Certificate Program to take this course **

Formerly known as LAC 510

Please use CRN 24989 to register

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.

Meeting Place and Times


Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4-6 times per week and spend approximately 16 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Johnny LaLonde, MA.
Johnny has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida for the past several years. Over the last decade, he received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida followed by a Master's degree in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. After graduation, he was in private practice where he initiated and ran a successful counseling practice. Much of his work focused on sexual addiction recovery. This work included individuals, couples, and groups. In 2011, Johnny accepted a position at City Church San Francisco. He, his wife Christy and their dog Maya moved across the country from the sweltering heat of Orlando to the moderate, beautiful days by the bay. While working in Orlando, Johnny developed specializations in group therapy and sexual addiction recovery. He is also working on a Ph.D. in Counseling from Oregon State University.


Students must be admitted to the Addiction Counseling Certificate Program.

Time Commitment:

16- hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • 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
    Price approximately $22(new)
    Available used online and at Amazon

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact the instructor, Johnny LaLonde at Johnny LaLonde.

For information about the Addiction Counseling Program: Please contact Hilary Becker at or 406-994-2379

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.

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