Montana State University

AC 501-801: Chemical Dependency Counseling

Jan 10-Mar 09, 2018
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, PhD.
Sabrina holds a 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 in Bend, Oregon. With over 15 years of counseling experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge of professional settings and approaches in the counseling field. 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 maintains 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 completed her dissertation looking at the counselor supervision working alliance and transgender discrimination. 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: The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotene
    Author: Kuhar, M.
    Date of Publication: 2015
    Publisher: FT Press
    ISBN-13: 978-0134288581
  • Title: The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease
    Author: Lewis, M.
    Date of Publication: 2015
    Publisher: PublicAffairs
    ISBN-13: 978-1610397124
  • Title: The Joey Song: A Mother's Sotry of Her Son's Addiction
    Author: Swanson, S.
    Date of Publication: 2014
    Publisher: Central Recovery Press
    ISBN-13: 978-1937612719

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 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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