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Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Program

Program Description

Students pursuing the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate (SUDTTC) will develop the knowledge and treatment skills necessary to treat individuals with substance use disorders, as well as the families of these individuals. The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance the quality of substance use disorder treatment and delivery of care in the state of Utah. The certificate offers proficiency in two levels of training: Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) and Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC). SUDC is available to students that have earned or are currently earning an associate degree. ASUDC is available to students that have earned or are currently earning any bachelor’s degree. The program curriculum addresses topics in counseling, the dynamics of addiction, counseling skills, neurochemistry, professional development, and ethics. The culminating experience of the program is a supervised internship, called practicum, in a local agency, allowing students to gain the hours necessary to prepare them both for professional careers in substance abuse treatment and to obtain Substance Use Disorder Counselor licensure in the state of Utah.

Academic and Career Opportunities

On-campus student involvement opportunities include Recover at the U or the Bachelor of Social Work Student Association. Upon completion of the program, students are provided verification of completion of their program in their chosen level of training (SUDC or ASUDC). Those who wish to practice as substance use counselors in the state of Utah can then apply for a license to do so through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. From there, you can work in a hospital, clinic, or private practice as a counselor, advocate, or program coordinator.

Last Updated: 8/21/23