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Substance Use Treatment Minor

Program description

The Minor in Substance Use Treatment will use a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the biological, psychological, and social, aspects of substance misuse, gambling, and related behaviors.  Assessment and treatment methods are based on evidence-informed practices to enable students and future professionals to understand and treat individuals, families, groups, and communities.  The courses prepare graduates for careers in this field.  

Program Objectives

The educational objectives of the minor are to prepare students to:

  • Identify, describe, compare, and evaluate theories and models of substance use, misuse, and addiction (SOCW 3315/SUT 3315).
  • Explain development across the lifespan so as to better understand substance use at different stages of development (SOCW 2302/SUT 2302).
  • Use empathy and other interpersonal skills toward developing a mutually agreed-on focus of work (SOCW 3304/SUT 3304).
  • Collect, organize, and interpret client data as part of the screening, assessment, and engagement processes toward developing a treatment plan for the client (SUT 3318).
  • Develop and implement a treatment plan (SUT 3320 and SUT 3321).


  • SOCW 3315/SUT 3315 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders
  • SOCW 2302/SUT 2302 Lifespan Development
  • SOCW 3304/SUT 33O4 Interviewing Skills
  • SUT 3318 Screening, Assessment, and Engagement (New course)
  • SUT 3320 Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral (New course)
  • SUT 3321 Substance Use Treatment (New course)

*If a student minoring in SUT wants Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) eligibility, then must add SUT 4951 Field (Crosslisted with SOCW 4951) as a general elective.

Note: For the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Credential (LCDC), the following are required:

  • Classroom (18 hours of coursework on Substance Use Disorders [SUD]) covering:
    • Understanding SUD;
    • Treatment Knowledge;
    • Application to Practice; and
    • Professional Readiness.
  • Field Practicum (300 hours in a practice setting) in which at least 20 hours are in each of the following:
    • Understanding SUD;
    • Treatment Knowledge;
    • Application to Practice; and
    • rofessional Readiness.
  • Professional Practice (post-graduation) = 4,000 hours and passing the LCDC exam

Get In Touch

Arrione Clarke

Arrione Clarke, LMSW
Undergraduate Programs Advisor III
BSW Students - Last Names A-K

Schedule an appointment:
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Keiana Green

Keiana Green, LMSW
Undergraduate Program Advisor III
BSW Students - Last Names L-Z

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Walk-in hours: Tuesdays from 9-4

Trinka Christensen

Trinka Christensen
Undergraduate Programs Assistant


Regina T. Praetorius

Regina T. Praetorius, Ph.D., LMSW-AP
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Programs