Substance Abuse Counselor Education Technical Diploma

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Program Code: 315501

If you possess an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in Health Science, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice or Social Work and are interested in becoming a substance abuse counselor, consider the Substance Use Disorders Counseling technical diploma. You'll experience 360 hours of education across six content areas required for substance abuse counselors. This comprehensive education program is pre-approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. 9 courses in this technical diploma may be applied towards the Human Services associate degree. Interested applicants should contact (920) 498-5708 to schedule an appointment with the program admissions advisor.

Follow Your Path

9 courses from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Human Services Associate, 105203

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:

Substance Abuse Specialty, 905502

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training or Substance Abuse Counselor.


    Requirements for Program Entry

    • Completed application
    • . All applicants must make an appointment with the advisor, Mollie Kaebisch, to enter an application. Acceptance into this program requires an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree. Please call (920) 498-5444 to make an appointment.
    Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Substance Abuse Counselor Education technical degree in the number of semesters shown.
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    Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-550-XXX and 10-520-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" may retake the course.

    Program Outcomes

    • Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs.
    • Develop treatment plans.
    • Facilitate referral to meet needs.
    • Demonstrate case management skills.
    • Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families.
    • Provide culturally relevant education related to substance abuse.
    • Document and maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines.
    • Adhere to accepted ethical and behavior conduct.

    Industry Credentials

    Provides 360 hours of education across the 6 content areas required for substance abuse counselors.