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 3319 and SUT 3321).

Students selecting this minor must have a Cumulative 2.5 GPA.

 

Curriculum

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

 

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern Table

LCDCi Requirement*

Social Work Majors

Non-Social Work Majors

 

Classroom(18 credit hours of coursework on Substance Use Disorders [SUD]) covering:

 

  • Understanding SUD;
  • Treatment Knowledge;
  • Application to Practice; and
  • Professional Readiness.

 

The 18 credit-hours of SUT minor coursework is open to all majors.

 

The 18 credit-hours of SUT minor coursework is open to all majors.

 

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
  • Professional Readiness.

 

 

 

 

All social work majors are required to earn 480 hours in a field practicum (SOCW 4951 & 4952 or SOCW 4955 & 4956). Social work students completing their field placement at an SUT-related agency can count 300 of these hours towards this LCDCi requirement.

 

Social work field practicums have numerous SOCW prerequisites and are not available to non-social work majors at this time. We encourage non-social work students with SUT minors to inquire about internship opportunities within their major department.

 

*For more info about LCDCi and LCDC requirements, please click here.