University of Southern Indiana

Online Advanced Studies in Addiction Science

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

This 100 percent online sequence of courses provides the latest knowledge, skills, and values 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.

By enrolling in these courses you will have opportunities to learn theories and techniques, the basics of psychopharmacology, legal, ethical and professional standards, research methods, 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 (5-week course modules)

SOCW634 Social Work Practice with Substance Abusers and their Families 3 credits
SOCW664 Crisis Intervention 3 credits
SOCW672 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards in Addiction Services 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience (10 week) 3 credits

Fall Semester (7-week course modules)

SOCW674 Psychopharmacology 3 credits
SOCW673 Research Methods in Addiction Counseling 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience (16 week) 3 credits

Spring Semester (7-week course modules)

SOCW653 Addiction Counseling Theories and Techniques 3 credits
SOCW661 Theory & Practice of Group Addiction Counseling 3 credits
SOCW689* Addiction Field & Supervision Experience (16 week) 3 credits

* SOCW689 Addiction Field & Supervision Experience - Enroll in additional three credit hours each semester to meet supervised clinical experience requirements. You 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. If you have a documented Clinical Field Experience from accredited MSW coursework, you may be eligible to apply these hours toward the required 700 contact hours.

  • Admission

Apply now, for Summer, Fall and Spring Semesters.

1. Complete Graduate Studies Non-Degree application:

  • Select Graduate Studies Non-Degree
  • Select Admission term
  • Select Undecided
  • Type "Advanced Studies in Addiction Science" 

2. Pay non-refundable $40 Graduate Application Fee

3. Request official transcripts with conferred MSW to Graduate Studies

4. Submit to Graduate.Studies@usi.edu:

  • Completed national (www. sentrylink.com) and state (contact local sheriff's department) background checks
  • Three professional and/or academic references

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