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 three levels of training: Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC), Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC), and Bachelor of Social Work/Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (BSW/ASUDC). The SUDC and ASUDC options are intended for students currently pursuing any bachelor’s degree, while the BSW/ASUDC option is available to students also completing a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. The program curriculum addresses topics in counseling, the dynamics of addiction, functions and recovery, neurochemistry and pharmacology, professional development, and ethics. The culminating experience of the program is a required practicum in a local agency, allowing students to gain the fieldwork hours necessary to prepare them both for professional careers in substance abuse treatment and to obtain SUDC licensure. Upon completion of the certificate, students must still seek licensing from the state.
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 awarded a certificate of proficiency 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.