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Certificate in Addiction Studies

ASTATE's Certificate in Addiction Studies prepares students to work in this area by offering specialized courses in the trends and issues in drug and alcohol abuse including evidence based practices in assessment, intervention, and counseling. Certificate students also learn about the various types of treatments available, legal and ethical issues with this population, the impact of addiction on family and society, the role of group work and twelve step programs, and recovery. Students can take the certificate program concurrently with their MSW students. Beginning in 2014, social workers with a MSW from an accredited social work program may complete the Certificate in Addictions Studies. Course equivalents from accredited social work programs may be reviewed and considered for substitution of some of the required course work.

Courses required: 

  • SW 6003 Psychopathology for Social Workers 
  • SW 5323 Substance Abuse and Dependence Interventions 
  • SW 6323: Clinical Interventions with Substance Abuse & Dependence 
  • SW 6053 Clinical Practice with Groups 
  • SW 6033 Clinical Practice with Individuals 
  • Two semesters of SW Field Practicum and seminar - placement needs to have some emphasis in Substance Abuse Treatments 

Total Hours: 21 

For further information, please contact Dr. Cheryl Knight, Addictions Certificate Coordinator at cknight@astate.edu or 870-972-3984.