Montana State University

AC 509-801: Assessment & Treatment Planning in Addictions II

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Mar 12-May 04, 2018
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 Program to take this course **

This course covers addiction assessment and patient placement, including the American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria. Treatment planning and documentation specific to the addiction field will be covered. This course is designed to examine the psychological, behavioral, sociological, and cultural underpinnings in the assessment and treatment of clients affected by addictions. The course explores a variety of helping strategies for reducing the negative effects of substance use, abuse, dependence, and addictive disorders.

Meeting Place and Times

This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 5 times per week and plan on spending 16 to 18 hours per week (combination online and offline) for 8 weeks to successfully complete this 3 credit 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.

Time Commitment:

16-18 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

  • Treatment Planning for Person-Centered Care: The Road to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
    Authors: Adams, N., & Grieder, D. M.
    Date of Publication: 2004
    Publisher: Academic Press
    ISBN 13: 978-0120441556
    This book can be purchased from most online retailers for approximately $60 (new).
  • Drinking: A Love Story
    Author: Knapp, C.
    Date of Publication: 1999
    Publisher: Dial Press
    ISBN 13: 978-0385315548
    This book can be purchased from most online retailers for approximately $10 (new).

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 Johnny LaLaonde .

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

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.

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