Montana State University

AC 503-801: Assessment, Treatment Planning of Addiction Counseling

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Mar 12-May 04, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $1,285.65
Instructor(s): Cristen Wathen

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 503

Please use CRN 24986 to register

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 (CACREP, Section III, C.5.). Ethical issues related to the field of Addictions Counseling will also be explored.

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.


Cristen Wathen, PhD.
Dr. Cristen Wathen is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program in the Department of Health and Human Development at MSU. She a licensed clinical professional counselor in Montana, a licensed professional counselor in Idaho and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Cristen earned her Ph.D. from Idaho State University in Counselor Education and Counseling, her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Baylor University in Waco, TX, and her BA in Biblical Studies and History from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. She loves qualitative research, teaching, dance, yoga, the Razorbacks, and working with clients on spiritual issues. Professionally, Cristen has experience training and supervising counselors, writing and presenting in her field, and working with sexual abuse survivors, college students, and a wide variety of other clients. Her research centers on multicultural development of counselors through international experiences. She is also interested in sexual abuse and trauma counseling in Montana. Between her master’s and doctoral work, Wathen worked clinically as a counselor specializing in sexual abuse and assault. She also led the Support and Empowerment Program for Single Parents at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX, and was an Academic Advisor for the Teacher Development Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. Cristen mentored and counseled college students at Baylor University's Career Counseling Center and Academic Support Program as well. She worked as a counselor at Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Center during her doctoral work.


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

Required Books/Materials

  • Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to the Use of Psychological Assessment Procedures
    Author: Danica G. Hays
    Publisher: American Counseling Association
    Edition: Fifth Edition (2012)
    ISBN 13: 9781556203183

    This book can be ordered online at, or from other online retailers for approximately $60-70.

  • Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5)
    Author: American Psychiatric Association
    Publisher: American Psychiatric Association.
    Edition: 5th edition (2013)

    This book can be ordered online from various online retailers.

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, Katey Franklin at

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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