as a substance abuse counselor
Do you feel drawn to the helping professions? Do you have a deep compassion for those with addictions? Whether your family has been affected by alcohol or drugs, you are recovering, or you simply want to make a difference in the lives of others, you may thrive as a substance abuse counselor (also called an AODA counselor).
Gain all the skills and knowledge you need to become a licensed substance abuse counselor in the state of Wisconsin. Learn to interview clients and assess problems, facilitate group counseling, examine signs and symptoms of mental illness, complete ethical case management, understand the effects of drugs and alcohol, and much more.
Program Code: 105501
The Substance Use Disorders Counseling Associate Degree is designed for individuals interested in working with addiction issues. The SUDC profession is held to high ethical standards to inspire respect, trust and confidence. To succeed, skills and character must include: emotional stability, maturity, self-awareness, self-discipline, and personal responsibility; a minimum of one year free of substance use-related problems; an interest in working with people and appreciation of cultural diversity; strong reading, writing, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Potential employment includes: substance abuse counseling, correctional facilities, employee and student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies. Program graduates are eligible for licensure in Wisconsin as Substance Abuse Counselors-In Training, qualifying for entry-level employment.