Substance abuse and mental health problems are a sad reality for today's society. No fear, counselors are here to help. They are receiving training as part of their Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) at the University of Minnesota, College of Continuing Education. This program prepares counselors to assist patients who struggle with both of these disorders, which happens to many of them, indeed. (http://www.cce.umn.edu/Master-of-Professional-Studies-in-Integrated-Behavioral-Health/index.html). "The IBH merges mental health and substance abuse education and training into a single, comprehensive and cohesive program. This synthesis represents an important and pioneering shift in the preparation of clinicians." (ibid).
The IBH program graduates are able to become licensed professional counselors, including "the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)." (ibid). They are also "Are eligible to sit for the exam for National Counselor Certification, a national exam required in many states (including Minnesota) for counselor licensure", as well as other exams(ibid). The program requires 60 credits for completion and classes are offered in the evenings and online (ibid).
In conclusion, with many patients currently struggling with both mental health and substance abuse issues, there is a need for counselors skilled in addressing both. The IBH program at the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education offers just what both patients and counselors need.