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Drug and Addiction Studies, Certificate

College of Social Work

Increase your marketability with this flexible graduate certificate that offers advanced education around addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery for both individuals and families.

Gain direct and relevant experience in a cross-disciplinary program designed to expand drug and alcohol counseling career possibilities in a variety of professional settings. Learn from clinical and research faculty plus gain valuable field experiences through our dedicated community partners.

Program Highlights

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    Study vulnerable populations including adolescents, women, veterans, ethnic groups and the LGBTQIA+ community.

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    Advanced Learning

    Understand and identify the unique properties of alcohol, cannabis, opioid and other substance use disorders.

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    Person-Based Care

    Learn prevention, assessment, diagnosis and intervention therapies around substance disorders.

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    Stand-Out Skills

    Enhance your competitiveness in a changing job market with the addition of addiction-focused knowledge and skills.

What You’ll Study

Courses include professional and ethical responsibility, policy advocacy, community education, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral and service coordination for addressing alcohol and drug-related problems. You'll apply proven approaches for prevention, intervention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

    Handling Conflict

    Resolving disagreements or disputes between individuals or groups in a fair and constructive manner

    Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Adolescent Therapist
  • Veterans Counselor
  • Counselor
  • Therapist

Workplace Settings

  • Medical
  • Hospitals
  • Treatment Centers
  • Veterans Administration
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Education