University of Southern Indiana

Online Advanced Studies in Addiction Science

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) Online Advanced Studies in Addiction Science is for Social Work professionals who are interested, or need education and training in substance abuse and addiction services.

This 100% online program provides the latest knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional addiction treatment practice. Courses are offered by blending desktop video conferencing and an online learning management system. Access to a reliable computer with internet, camera, and microphone capabilities is required.

Individuals with a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) are able to acquire the education and field experiences to meet the increased demands for highly trained Addiction Counselors. Students enrolled in this program will have opportunities to learn research methods, theories and techniques, the basics of psychopharmacology, legal, ethical and professional standards, as well as crisis intervention tools utilized in assisting addicted individuals, and their families.

Sequence of Courses

The following is an example of a plan of study for an individual bringing a minimum of 12 hours from a CSWE accredited Clinical MSW program.

Summer Semester - 12 credit hours (5 week course modules)

SOCW634 Social Work Practice with Substance Abusers and their Families 3 credits
SOCW664 Crisis Intervention in Addiction 3 credits
SOCW672 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards in Addiction Services 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience 3 credits

Fall Semester - 9 credit hours (7 week course modules)

SOCW674 Psychopharmacology 3 credits
SOCW673 Research Methods in Addiction Counseling 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience 3 credits

Spring Semester - 9 credit hours (7 week course modules)

SOCW653 Counseling Addicted Family Systems 3 credits
SOCW661 Theory & Practice of Group Addiction Counseling 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience 3 credits

* SOCW689 Addiction Field & Supervision Experience, students will enroll in additional credit hours each semester to meet supervised clinical experience requirements. Students must complete not less than one (1) supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting. The Addiction Field & Supervision Experience must include a minimum number of seven hundred (700) clock hours with a minimum of two hundred eighty (280) face-to-face client contact hours of addiction counseling services with a minimum of one hundred five (105) hours of supervision from a LCAC who has at least five (5) years of experience as a qualified supervisor. Students who have a documented Clinical Field Experience from accredited MSW coursework may be eligible to apply these hours toward the required 700 contact hours.

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