Professional Development Opportunities

Make the leap in your career. Bolster your skills and your resume with one of these professional development opportunities.
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Opportunities for Professional Education and Career Development

The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School offers a wide variety of opportunities to take your career to the next level.

If you already work in the fields of addiction treatment or mental health counseling, continue your education, sharpen your professional skills and launch your career forward with one of our graduate-level courses or professional certificates.

If you are considering a new career as a substance abuse counselor, look into one of our two master's degree programs that train you in best practices for treating addiction and co-occurring disorders.

NEW at Hazelden Betty Ford

Become a Prevention Expert

Branch out and broaden your skill set with our brand-new Prevention Certificate, designed for addiction and mental health professionals who want to make a meaningful impact on youth, families and communities all around the country. 

Your training will cover the latest evidence-based models and theories for public health and addiction prevention. Topics include public health and prevention science, early intervention, social norms approach, and other models for community-based health and healing, along with practical applications.

Ready to make your impact?

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Discounted for Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School alumni

Integrated Clinical Supervision Certificate

This program is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their supervisory skills in the field of integrated addiction and mental health counseling.

Participants who enroll in the program will learn skills necessary for career advancement from an addiction counselor to an addiction counselor supervisor. We will prepare you for the role of a clinical supervisor which requires a unique skill set from role of counselor and administrator.

You will expand your thinking beyond basic clinical supervision preparation, as you gain extensive learning on topics such as Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) and Counseling, Advanced Motivational Interviewing, and Co-Occurring Disorders in Children and Adolescents. You will be able to pass your knowledge on in a positive supervisor–supervisee relationship to greatly impact clients and the field.

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Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate-Level Courses for Professional Development

The courses available through the Graduate School are great opportunities for both degree-seeking students and professionals who are interested in continuing education. And both are taught by the field's leading experts in mental health, counseling, substance use and co-occurring disorders.

And unlike other master's degree or continuing education programs, our courses are available to start during the summer, fall or winter. Some of our most popular courses include:

  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Treatment and Recovery Planning for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Families and Systems

The courses are 15 weeks long, and they are available online or on campus at our Hazelden Betty Ford locations in Center City and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Applicants do not need to submit GRE scores, but do need a bachelor's degree.

Download the full course listing here.

Please note: if you're taking courses to fulfill a continuing education (CE) or licensure-related requirement, it's your responsibility to ensure the CEs provided by the Graduate School match the requirements of your licensing board or association.

To enroll, please submit your transcripts, application and registration forms to:

Admissions Advisor

Depending on your employer, you may qualify for scholarship funds for your master's degree program or a three-credit master's-level course. For organizations or associations that are interested in providing CE opportunities for their employees, the Graduate School is willing to present our courses at your location.

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Continuing Education Opportunities for Graduates

Once you earn your Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Graduate School, you gain free access to the continuing education programs offered by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. You will also receive exclusive access to continuing education opportunities led by other Graduate School alumni. These events will help you continue your education while you establish a prolific network of talented colleagues.

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