Substance Abuse Counselor Education
27 Credits | 1 Year
Ashland*, New Richmond, Rice Lake*, Superior*
Career Cluster: Human Services
The Substance Abuse Counselor Education technical diploma will provide you with the coursework required to pursue a career in the field of substance abuse counseling within the state of Wisconsin. You will acquire the education and related skills necessary to work with individuals, families and groups in need of substance abuse assessment, treatment and counseling.
Help to address substance abuse challenges within your communities. The Substance Abuse Counselor Education technical diploma is pre-approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to meet the six content areas (360 hours) of educational requirements for substance abuse counselors. This program will provide you with the foundational coursework necessary to begin working with individuals, families and groups in need of substance abuse assessment, treatment and counseling.
Upon completion, graduates pursuing various levels of Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselor certification will also need to pass the required state examination and obtain supervised counseling hours, as designated by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services. This technical diploma is also fully embedded within the Human Services Associate program, creating a direct pathway for graduates to continue their education and obtain their Human Services Associate of Applied Science degree.
Substance Abuse Counselor Education graduates will be able to:
- Clinically evaluate for substance use disorders and treatment needs
- Development treatment plans
- Facilitate referral to meet needs
- Demonstrate service coordination skills
- Demonstrate counseling skills with individuals, groups and families
- Provide culturally relevant education related to substance abuse
- Maintain clinical records according to agency, federal and state guidelines
- Adhere to accepted culturally competent, ethical and behavioral conduct
Earn credentials each step of the way through Career Pathways. Upon completion of the Substance Abuse Counselor Education program, you can continue your education to obtain the associate degree in Human Services Associate.
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Full program course offerings are available at Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior. Take courses online, hybrid or in person in a traditional classroom setting.
High Future Demand
Meet the emerging need for substance abuse counselors within the state of Wisconsin.
This program blends in person, online and hybrid experiential learning, ideal for pursuing or enhancing your career.
Graduates will meet the 360-hour educational requirements needed for Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselor certification, as pre-approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services. Certification also requires state application, examination and supervised counseling experience outside of this program.
Coursework meets the 360-hour educational requirements needed for Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselor certification, as pre-approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services and includes the six content areas of assessment, case management, counseling, education, professional responsibility and electives within domains.
Substance Abuse Counselor Education is Part of a Career Pathway
As a Substance Abuse Counselor Education student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
You could take this first and get a credential.
You could continue your education to obtain your associate degree.
Transfer your credits to obtain your bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*
Substance Abuse Counselor Education
27 Credits | 1 Year
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Substance Abuse Counselor Education Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Substance Abuse Counselor Education technical diploma.
Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information
WITC’s Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin’s Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training licensing criteria. However, WITC has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the WITC program meets licensure or certification requirements.
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