Montana State University

LAC 501-801: Chemical Dependency Counseling

Mar 14-May 08, 2016
Credit: 3 graduate
Cost: $975.15 dist. res: $1,255.05 dist. non-res
Instructor(s) Sabrina Hadeed

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 will provide an overall introduction to addiction counseling. The class will also provide an introduction to the assessment and treatment of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies, with emphasis on the application of specific clinical strategies to this specialized problem area. Since substance abuse may underlie or coexist with a variety of other problems, including family violence, mental illness, health issues, etc., the mental health professional trained in the assessment and treatment of chemical dependency will be better able to assess and intervene appropriately.

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.


Sabrina Hadeed, MA.
Sabrina is currently living in Bend, Oregon - finishing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition to being an Adjunct Instructor at MSU, she is also a Wilderness Therapist and Assistant Clinical Director for Evoke Therapy Programs. Sabrina's teaching philosophy is grounded in a humanistic, strength-based, and social constructivist approach. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she specializes in working with adolescents with complex clinical presentations including trauma, oppositional defiance, attachment/adoption, ADHD, anxiety, depression, low self- esteem and body image issues, substance abuse, sexual identity, and challenging family relationships. Sabrina is also 12-step/recovery and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (T-CBT) and narrative exposure therapy (NET) trained - and maintain a mind-body wellness approach, with the belief that the body is a powerful container in how it holds and manifests past experiences, and can be a critical tool for exploration and healing. She has a passion for teaching/supervision and is currently working on her dissertation looking at the counselor supervision working alliance and the influences of gender. Her other research interests include: multi-cultural elements in counseling and counselor supervision, family systems from an addiction platform, co-dependency as related to the 12-step model of recovery, shame resiliency and the power of vulnerability, resiliency in adolescent girls, and LGBT struggles specifically related to family of origin dynamics of intolerance, tolerance, acceptance, and affirmation.

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 taking only online courses this semester, please see the MSU Online Only Tuition and Fees (PDF) table.

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

Required Books/Materials

  • Title: A Contemporary Approach to Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling*
    Author: Brooks, F., & McHenry, B.
    Date of Publication: 2009
    Publisher: American Counseling Association.
    ISBN-13: 978-1556202827

    *Please note the change to the required text.

  • Broken: My story of addiction and redemption.
    Moyers, W.C. (2007).
    London: Penguin.
    ISBN-10: 0143112457
    This can be purchased for approximately $15 on
  • Beautiful boy: A father's journey through his son's addiction.
    Sheff, D. (2008).
    New York: Houghton-Mifflin.
    ISBN-10: 0547203888
    This book can be ordered on for about $15 dollars or less

Computer Requirements

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

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

For More Information

Contact: Sarah Hendrikx

How to Register

Registration is closed.

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