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Substance misuse is a serious issue that causes problems for individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The toll can be seen in hospitals and emergency departments, and is linked not only to physical and mental health problems but also to family stress, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and crime. The Department of Social Work offers a 12-credit hour Addiction Studies Certificate (ASCP) for students who are enrolled in the Master of Social Work, Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and  Master of Clinical Psychology programs. Additionally, the certificate is open to practitioners seeking licensure as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS-A) and Master level Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) or for individuals seeking CEU's for their LCAS. The program meets 180-hours of substance misuse educational requirements as identified by the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals working in the field of addictive disorder practice and increase the number of qualified addictions specialists in Western North Carolina.  A stipend of up to $10,000 may be available to eligible MSW or MCMHC students

For additional information about North Carolina Addictions Specialist Licensure and Certificate Requirements:

NORTH CAROLINA Addictions Specialist PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE BOARD

Courses in the Addiction Studies Certificate Program are also open as elective courses to graduate students who are not in the certificate program providing there is room. Students who choose this option may apply these courses towards licensure or certification in addictive disorder practice at a later date.

Courses contain content on the 12 core functions/ 8 Domains of addictive disorder counseling, ethics, and HIV/AIDs and other communicable diseases. Students seeking to complete the ASCP must complete their specialization year field placement or internship in an addictive disorder treatment setting under the supervision of a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) of Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern (CCS-I).

Courses are taught in the evening during the spring, summer and fall semesters.

SOCW 520 – Addictions - Provides an overview of complex issues related to addictions, including drug, alcohol, gambling, and eating addictions; examines addiction within the context of developmental life stages and culture. This course is taught synchronously at the Biltmore Park and Cullowhee sites in the Spring and Summer I Semester.

SOCW 522 - Methods of Addictive Diorder Treatment - The methods course teaches knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in a variety of clinical settings specific to substance misuse. This course is taught synchronously at the Biltmore Park and Cullowhee sites in the Fall Semester. PREQ SOCW 520.

SOCW 524 - Cultural Humility in Addictive Disorder Treatment - Provides an overview of unique problems and needs related to substance misuse treatment among diverse populations; application of culturally sensitive intervention strategies. This course is taught synchronously at the Biltmore Park and Cullowhee sites in the Summer II Semester. PREQ SOCW 520

SOCW 525 - Science of Addiction - Explores the biological basis of addiction; physiological and psychological effects of substance misuse. This course is taught synchronously at the Biltmore Park and Cullowhee sites. PREQ SOCW 520

Practitioners (non-students) register for courses through the Graduate School. Each class offers 45 contact hours of continuing education credit approved by the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.  Completion of coursework in the Addiction Studies Certificate Program does not waive other state board requirements for the LCAS, LCAS-A, or Master Level CADC credentials. Practitioners interested in the program will begin in either the Spring or Summer terms.
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Students enrolled in the Master of Social Work, Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or M.A. in Clinical Psychology programs can apply for the Addiction Studies Certificate Program using the ink below. Students should contact Dr. Young with questions prior to applying for the program.
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For More Information Contact:

Beth Young, DSW, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Assistant Professor/ ASCP Coordinator/ OWEP Grant Project Coordinator
Email: llyoung@wcu.edu
Department of Social Work
HHS 318
Phone: 828.227.3842

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