Substance Use Disorders (Graduate Certificate)

Substance Use Disorders (Graduate Certificate)

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Why get a graduate certificate in substance use disorders? 

The substance use disorders (SUD) graduate certificate helps students meet a staggering need in today’s society. You’ll develop the competencies aligned with the core functions and practice dimensions of addiction counseling as outlined by the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals, including intake, assessment, treatment planning, case management, referral, crisis intervention, record keeping and individual, group and family counseling. You’ll learn the etiology of addictions, policy analysis, research, best practices, system theory and strengths perspective. This certification program fosters understanding of drug and alcohol abuse, providing you with the skills needed to treat your clients. 

Why choose UNH for your degree?

At UNH you will be supported by a productive faculty as you advance your career. Social work faculty members serve as evaluators on many community-based projects in health and human service agencies in the area. The program welcomes graduate students, students and professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Courses are offered at the UNH Durham as well as at the Manchester campus during evenings and weekends, with one course available online. The student-run organization Graduate Students of Social Work (G.S.S.W.) promotes professional growth and development by providing a voice for our colleagues and leadership in the community. 

Potential career areas

  • Correctional facilities
  • Disorder treatment agencies
  • Government social services
  • Halfway houses
  • Hospitals
  • Military/veterans programs
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Outpatient/inpatient facilities
  • Schools
  • Workplace treatment programs

Contact

Department of Social Work
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1799
Email: unh.socialwork@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

About the Program

The Substance Use Disorders certificate program helps students develop general and specific competencies aligned with the "core functions and practice dimensions of addiction counseling" outlined by the New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals, including intake, assessment, treatment planning, case management, referral, crisis intervention, record keeping, and the counseling of individuals, and groups and families.

Who Should Apply?

  • MSW students attending the University of New Hampshire Manchester or Durham.
  • Non-matriculating students who may potentially apply to the MSW program.
  • Students from other disciplines and other universities. 
  • Students pursuing continuing education units (CEU) for a variety of state licenses. 

  • Social service workers from substance use disorder and co-occurring disorder treatment agencies, (outpatient and inpatient), hospitals, schools, judicial/correctional facilities, military/veteran programs.

Contact Information

Brian Miller LICSW, MLADC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Substance Use Disorders Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator
(603) 862-1013 Office
(603) 862-4374 Fax
Brian.miller@unh.edu

Certificate Requirements

The Substance Use Disorders Graduate Certificate consists of 12 credit hours acquired through a series of four required courses covering etiology of addictions, addiction policy analysis, addiction research and best practices, and system theory and strengths perspective.

Students are required to complete the following social work courses in no particular order:

SW 816Addiction: Myth, Science and Policy3
SW 814Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention3
SW 897Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Treatment of Addictions)3
SW 819Addiction Recovery3
Total Credits12

Courses are offered at the UNH Durham as well as at the Manchester campus during evenings and weekends.  SW 814 is offered online.

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