Drug and Alcohol Counselor Degree

Online MSW – Addiction Area of Focus

Substance abuse and opioid overdose deaths have become a national crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Now more than ever, there is a critical demand for graduate-level social workers who are trained to provide clinical addiction treatment to vulnerable populations.

Campbellsville University’s Carver School of Social Work is committed to addressing this need through the online Master of Social Work program. The MSW degree features an addictions area of focus with a trauma-informed emphasis to provide students with specialized education for the growing substance abuse practice area. Students who choose the addiction area of focus receive preparation for Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor licensure.

In the MSW with addiction area of focus, you will complete a career-focused curriculum designed by licensed practitioners who are experts in clinical practice and addiction treatment. Available online through our interactive learning platform, this degree offers the flexibility you need to succeed. As a CU Online student, you can study anywhere at any time and complete your degree at your pace as you prepare for a successful career as a drug and alcohol counselor.*

Explore Drug and Alcohol Counselor Degree Course Highlights

  • SWK 626 Advanced Practice with Children & Groups: In this course, you will study structural and strategic therapies that will be valuable in treating families that are struggling with the impact of addiction. In addition, you will learn advanced group treatment skills.
  • SWK 650 Change Theory: This course will equip you in such counseling techniques as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapies, training you to work with individuals and families.
  • SWK 660 Psychopathology: This course trains you in diagnosing clients utilizing the DSM-5, addressing all levels, including categories related to substance use disorder.
  • SWK 661 Clinical Diagnosis and Behavioral Psychopharmacology: This course will teach you about medication-assisted treatment for people with substance use disorder and other mental disorders.
  • SWK 681 Addictions: You will study motivational interviewing and learn to demonstrate these skills with mock drug and alcohol counselor clients in this course.
  • Practicum: This placement gives you the unique opportunity to complete a 450-hour practicum in an approved social work setting, gaining hands-on experience you can apply in the workplace. You’ll have a chance to practice your skills with clients under the direct supervision of a licensed professional.

*Students interested in becoming a licensed drug and alcohol counselor should contact their state licensing board regarding specific requirements, as they can vary across states.

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