College of Letters and Science
Substance Use and Addiction Studies Minor
The Substance Use and Addiction Studies Minor will prepare you to engage, assess, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, and communities impacted by substance use. You will gain knowledge and skills in the domains of assessment, case management, counseling, education, and professional responsibility. The minor, administered by the Department of Sociology and Social Work, is useful preparation for careers in social work, psychology, the criminal justice field, and the health professions.
The Substance Use and Addiction Studies minor, when paired with a major in social work or psychology- concentration in human services, is approved as a pre-certification education program by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to satisfy the educational requirements toward certification as a substance abuse counselor.
DSPS grants certification for substance abuse counselors in the state of Wisconsin. To become certified, a person must apply for licensure with DSPS, have specialized coursework, documented work experience in an appropriately supervised substance use disorder counseling setting, and must pass state-required examinations.
Taking the Substance Use and Addiction Studies minor offers our students the opportunity to complete the required specialized coursework while concurrently earning their social work degree or psychology- concentration in human services degree. While students of any major can take the minor, our DSPS-approved substance abuse counseling curriculum can only be taken in conjunction with these degree programs.
Required, 24 credits
Take all of the following:
Prerequisite (required for advanced courses in psychology and social work)
Not included in credit for the minor.
For More Information
Tara Anderson, MSW, DSW, LCSW, CSAC
Department of Sociology and Social Work
SCI B 345
School of Behavioral and Social Studies