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Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

Gain the skills and insight needed to work in substance abuse treatment or in careers where understanding the dynamics of substance abuse is important.

Add value to your education #

If you’re planning to work in substance abuse treatment—or in any field where you’ll be interacting with others, this five-course certificate adds value to your career preparation. This curriculum is designed to increase understanding of alcohol and drug abuse today, educate about current substance abuse treatment practices and prepare you to work with individuals affected by substance abuse and their families.

A practice-oriented education #

The Five Course Certificate is for the student pursing a concurrent degree in any area. It is also appropriate for the student who has completed a degree and wishes a concentration in this area.

The certificate in Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling provides a practice-oriented knowledge base in both concepts and applications.

The major objectives of the certificate program are:

  • Preparation of students for employment in substance abuse treatment settings;
  • Increase students’ awareness and understanding of alcohol and other drug abuse in society;
  • Provide current information on alcohol and other drug abuse treatment and practice; and
  • Provide current information, knowledge and skills in working with substance abusers and their families.

Certificate Requirements #

*Required Courses:

FALL

  • SWK-S 202 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Abuse (3 cr)
    • Can also be taken as an elective.
    • Offered Fall (online)
    • 1st 8 wks
    • Full Semester
    • Formerly HSRV-H 202
  • SWK-S 324 Social Systems Aspects of Alcohol & Drug Abuse (3 cr)
    • Prerequisite or Co-requisite SWK- 202
    • Can also be taken as an elective.
    • Offered Fall (online)
    • 2nd 8 wks
    • Formerly HSRV-H 323

SPRING

  • SWK-S 311 Psychological Aspects of Alcohol & Drug Abuse (3 cr)
    • Prerequisite or Co-requisite SWK-S 202
    • Can also be taken as an elective.
    • Offered Spring (online)
    • 1st 8 wks
    • Formerly HSRV-H 302
  • SWK-S 314 Basic Counseling Skills (SWK S331 for BSW students) (3 cr)
    • Prerequisite or Co-requisite SWK-S 202
    • Can also be taken as an elective.
    • Offered Fall (only), Classroom (only)
    • Not offered online
    • Full Semester
    • Formerly HSRV-H 304
  • SWK-S 403 Treatment Seminar in Alcohol and Drug Abuse (3 cr)
    • Prerequisite: SWK-S 202, S 311, S 314, (S 331) and S 324
      • ONLY OPEN TO CERTIFICATE STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED ALL OTHER REQUIRED HSRV COURSES.
    • Offered Spring (online)
    • 2nd 8 wks
    • Formerly HSRV-H 401

*STUDENTS MUST EARN A FINAL GRADE OF C OR ABOVE IN ALL REQUIRED COURSES TO EARN THE CERTIFICATE

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