Substance Abuse Studies Certificate Program Description
The department of Social Work offers a Substance Abuse Studies Certificate Program (12 credit hours) for students who are enrolled in the MSW or the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at WCU. Courses may be applied towards licensure or certification in substance abuse practice at a later date. Four courses (3 credit hours each) are taught as part of the Substance Abuse Studies certificate program for a total of 12 credit hours.
In addition to the four required courses, other requirements include:
- Completion of the concentration field practicum or Internship in a substance abuse practice area. The MSW at WCU requires a field practicum (SOCW 686/687) and the MS in Clinical mental Health Counseling program requires an internship (COUN 686/687).
- Clinical supervision from a certified clinical substance abuse supervisor or certified clinical substance abuse intern.
All students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards of the Social Work program. For the most up to date information regarding these standards, program suspension, and termination refer to the program’s web site at the Master of Social Work Program website.
Certificate Program Admission Requirements
In addition to Graduate School Admission Requirements for certificate programs, the Substance Abuse Studies Certificate Program requires applicants to be currently enrolled in the Social Work (M,S,W) or Counseling program at WCU.
Admission is not guaranteed. Contact the current Substance Abuse Studies Coordinator to request admission to the Substance Abuse Studies Certificate Program.
Courses in the certificate program are also open as elective courses to graduate students who are not in the certificate program providing there is space and they have taken the required prerequisite class.