Montana State University

LAC 501-801: Chemical Dependency Counseling

Mar 13-May 05, 2017
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 that there is a 2nd Edition of the text. Please purchase the 1st Edition.

  • Title: The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare
    Author: Kristina Wandzilak
    Date of Publication: 2006
    Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
    ISBN-10: 0977761819
    ISBN-13: 978-0977761814
    Price approx. $10
  • Title: The 12-step Buddhist
    Author: Darren Littlejohn
    Date of Publication: 2009
    Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
    ISBN-10: 1582702233
    ISBN-13: 978-1582702230
    Price approx. $14

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 Sabrina Hadeed .

For information about the Addiction Counseling Program: Please contact Sarah Hendrikx at or 406-994-7441

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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