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Addiction Studies

Graduate Certificate

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Social Work


This program is centered on rural social work practice centers in Northeast Arkansas. The curriculum 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. Therefore, field placements must be in a substance abuse treatment setting or in an agency whose primary clients are in substance abuse recovery. Students can take the certificate program concurrently with their MSW students.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. To apply, obtain an application form from the Graduate School. Send completed application form, required application fee, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work to the Graduate School.


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 
  • Three semesters of SW Field and Seminar in a placement with emphasis in Substance Abuse Treatments

Curriculum and certificate requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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