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.  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 3305/SUT 3305).
  • 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.


  • SOCW 2302 Lifespan Development
  • SOCW 3305 Practice I - Interviewing Skills
  • SOCW 3315 Intro to Substance Use Disorders
  • SOCW/SUT 3318 Screening, Assessment, and Engagement
  • SOCW/SUT 3319 Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral 
  • SOCW/SUT 3321 Substance Use Treatment

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern Information

If you are interested in earning your Texas LCDCi license through our Substance Use Treatment Minor, you are required to complete the following

All social work major and non-social work students are required to complete 18 hours of Substance Use Disorders coursework covering:

  1. Understanding SUD
  2. Treatment Knowledge
  3. Application to Practice
  4. Professional Readiness

A Texas LCDCi licensure requires 300 hours in practice setting in which at least 20 hours are in each of the following:

  1. Understanding SUD
  2. Treatment Knowledge
  3. Application to Practice
  4. 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 to inquire about internship opportunities within their major department.

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

Get in Touch

Donald Schuman, PhD, LCSW, LCDC
Assistant Professor in Practice
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