Substance Use Disorder Counselor Treatment Training Program (SUDTTC) Program

SUDTTC Certificate

This program prepares individuals for careers in the addictions field. It is designed for:

  • Individuals working toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and who are interested in acquiring Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) certification in the state of Utah.
  • Individuals with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and who are interested in acquiring Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) licensure in the state of Utah.
  • Individuals who desire to launch a career in the addictions field with credibility and foundational knowledge
  • Para-professionals currently working in the addictions field who want to increase opportunities for career advancement
  • Para-professionals seeking a career change to positions in the addictions field.

The Value of the SUDTTC:

  • Signal credibility and integrity: Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) certification demonstrates a deep knowledge and commitment to ethical, professional and competent practice with diverse populations in the addictions field.>
  • Make an impact on society: Solve problems, help clients—individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities achieve their goals, and serve as trusted practitioner.
  • Employment security in a growing Field: The substance use disorder counselor career path is expected to grow substantially in the coming years. According to United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation—social service workers is expected to grow 23%, much faster than the average for all occupations. With a rising demand for substance abuse treatment, job opportunities are good.

Individuals who successfully complete the Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) track of the SUDTTC Program are eligible to sit for one examination (i.e., Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) or Advanced Alcohol or Drug Counselor (AADC)) available through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) or one examination (i.e., National Certified Addiction Counselor (NAADAC 1), National Certified Addiction Counselor (NAADAC II) or Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)) available through the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Individuals who successfully complete the Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) track of the SUDTTC Program are eligible to sit for one examination (i.e., Advanced Alcohol or Drug Counselor (AADC)) available through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) or one examination (i.e., National Certified Addiction Counselor (NAADAC II) or Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)) available through the Association for Addiction Professionals. These examinations are approved by the State of Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). To learn more about the examinations and register to complete an examination, please visit the Association of Utah Substance Abuse Professional (AUSAP) at https://ausap.org/. The University of Utah does not administer the ICRC or NAADAC examinations nor does it approve Substance Use Disorder Counselor licensure.

Apply Now to join this certificate! - Deadline May 6, 2020

SUDC track courses – SW 715 Dynamics of Addiction, SW 716 Introduction to Professional Development, SW 725 Introduction to Neurochemistry, SW 731 Counseling Practice I, SW 732 Counseling Practice II, SW 706 Field Training, and SW 711 Functions and Recovery.

ASUDC track courses – SW 715 Dynamics of Addiction, SW 716 Introduction to Professional Development, SW 725 Introduction to Neurochemistry, SW 731 Counseling Practice I, SW 732 Counseling Practice II, SW 733 Counseling Practice III, SW 734 Counseling Practice IV, SW 723 Advanced Professional Development, SW 706 Field Training, and SW 711 Functions and Recovery.

Plan of Study – Individuals in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) track are required to complete six (6) courses and a 200-hour field practicum placement (SW 706). Individuals in the Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) track are required to complete nine (9) courses and a 350-hour field practicum placement (SW 706).

Format – The SUDTTC Program is designed for working professionals and is available to students during evening hours. Each course is held over one semester. SW 706 Field Training and SW 711 Functions and Recovery are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Program Start Options – The courses in the SUDTTC Program are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Course availability varies each semester. Courses are offered with fixed start and end dates across a traditional semester (16 week) schedule. Please check with the program advisor to explore your individual program of study options.

Class Schedule – The courses in the SUDTTC Program are available to students on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Average Time to Complete – Students in the SUDTTC Program are able to complete the courses and field training in two, three, and five semesters.

Prerequisites – Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) or Human Development Across the Lifespan and General Psychology are prerequisites for the SUDTTC Program.

Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

Individuals in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) track of the SUDTTC Program are expected to have completed or be in the process of completing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Individuals in the Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) track of the SUDTTC Program are expected to have completed or be in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree.

SW 715 Dynamics of Addiction

This course introduces students to the biological, psychological and social factors related to development of substance use disorders and the role of natural change processes and motivation in health supporting behaviors. The course will also provide an overview of interventions, including 1) pharmacological, 2) psychological, 3) behavioral, 4) self-help and spiritual that can be utilized in treatment of addictions.

SW 716 Introduction to Professional Development

This course introduces students to the values, knowledge, and skills essential to preparing to become and practicing as a professional, ethical and competent substance use disorder counselor. The course is designed to expose and introduce students to five primary elements, including: (1) the professional code of ethics of addiction professionals, (2) the twelve core functions of professional substance use disorder counselors, (3) the licensing process for substance use disorder students/trainees in the state of Utah, (4) the scope of practice for Substance Use Disorder Counselors (SUDC) and Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselors (ASUDC) in the state of Utah, and (5) local and state resources (i.e., prevention, intervention, and recovery) available to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

SW 725 Introduction to Neurochemistry

This course is an overview neurochemistry and the physical and mental effects of psychoactive drugs as well as treatment and prevention of substance use disorders and compulsive behaviors. This course is designed to improve the understanding of psychoactive medication use in society. Students will gain a basic pharmacological understanding of psychoactive medications and their effects. Students will also be introduced to other patterns of behavior that may be addictive. Students will also gain an understanding of psychosocial and pharmacological treatment of substance use disorders.

SW 723 Advanced Professional Development

This course will build upon the Introduction to Professional Development course, with an emphasis on advocacy and public policy. The course is designed to expose and introduce students to four primary elements, including: (1) advocating on behalf of clients at the individual, group, institutional, and societal levels, (2) engaging in the legislative process and advocating for changes in public policy and legislation to improve opportunities and choices for all persons whose lives are impacted by substance use disorders, (3) informing and educating the public on the impact of substance use disorders on society, as well as offer solutions to alleviate/eliminate the impact of substance use disorders on society, and (4) collaborating with diverse stakeholders in the formulation, development, implementation, and evaluation of public policy and legislation concerning the addiction profession and clients.

SW 731 Counseling Practice I

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills substance use disorder counselors will need to practice professionally. Students will learn about William Miller’s Phases of treatment and gain an understanding of and practice skills in screening, assessment and case conceptualization. Students will explore and be introduced to 6 main elements: 1) the American Society of Addictive Medicine’s bio-psycho-social six-dimensional assessment criteria, 2) the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, 3)the Transtheoretical Model of Change (Prochaska & DiClemente), the stages of change and other motivational enhancement strategies for working with ambivalence, 4) the importance of the therapeutic alliance, 5) matching client ‘s needs to appropriate interventions, 6) Treatment planning, documentation and record keeping in the context of assessment and service delivery.

SW 732 Counseling Practice II

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in Counseling Practice I. Students continue to investigate ongoing assessment, case management, crisis intervention, client education with a more in-depth review of counseling skills-focusing on group work. Different group models, group dynamics, establishing group norms, and group approaches such as experiential, didactic, specific topic groups, gender specific and other special population groups will be examined. Emphasis will be on understanding and conducting didactic psychoeducation groups and co-facilitation of psychotherapy groups. Students will be exposed in depth to 1) Motivational Interviewing and motivational enhancement skills, 2) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and, 3) Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), 4) and other specific practices that are usually be provided in group settings i.e. Seeking Safety, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), 12 Step Facilitation.

SW 733 Counseling Practice III

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in Counseling Practice I and II, but with a focus on developing individual counseling skills. Students will learn about Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) utilized in the treatment of addiction and the substance use disorder counselor’s role (i.e. referral, case consultation, etc.) in providing these treatments. Continued exploration of assessment and motivational enhancement skills along with the following key elements will be focused on: 1) trauma informed care and co-occurring disorders, 2) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), 3). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), 4) Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR).

SW 734 Counseling Practice IV

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in Counseling Practice I and II. The class will focus on increasing the students’ knowledge of available interventions for helping individuals with addiction enhance motivation and self-efficacy, and build recovery capital and recovery skills to help individuals engage in and maintain recovery. Elements include: 1) Relapse Prevention Models, 2) family education and counseling (e.g. Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)), 3) Special Populations (Criminal Justice Involved Clients and Youth), 4) crisis and suicide prevention and intervention skills.

SW 711 Functions and Recovery

This course assists students in integrating field practicum training experiences with their classroom work. Allows opportunity for collective problem solving and consultation.

SW 706 Field Training

This course provides students with structured supervised learning experiences and opportunities, thereby enabling students to enhance and further integrate their practice values, knowledge, and skills in multiple settings with diverse populations.

Program Cost – The cost for students in the Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) track of the of the SUDTTC Program is $4575. The cost for students in the Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) track of the of the SUDTTC Program is $6425.

Tuition is due at the beginning of each course offering a convenient pay-as-you-go option. Textbooks are additional costs. Tuition listed subject to change without advance notice.

  • Financial aid is not available for this noncredit certificate. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • Tax credits and deductions may be available for higher education expenses.
  • For this certificate, installment plans and deferral payment plans are available for noncredit students. Visit Tuition Payment Options for more information.

We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class! By choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.

Instructor Excellence - Learn from high-quality faculty that teach degree programs at the University of Utah.

Curriculum Excellence - Acquire high-quality and evidence-based knowledge and skills.

The Power of the U Network – Have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.

Program that Fit Your Schedule – Convenient online classes that offer a schedule that works around you.

How to apply for the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate (SUDTTC)

  • Apply for the program on the Social Work website by filling out the application (here) and submitting it to sudc@utah.edu.
  • Pay the application fee.

The Social Work department will review your application and let you know when you are accepted within 6 weeks of your application date. Once you’ve been accepted:

  • You’ll receive a registration link with your class options for the semester.
  • Select your courses and pay the tuition online.
  • Contact an advisor to learn about scholarship opportunities and next steps!

Apply Now to join this certificate! - Deadline May 6, 2020

Certificate Completion Requirements

  • Students will be required to fulfill the same expectations and requirements as matriculated students including exams, projects and participation.
  • Certificate students will receive an “S-Satisfactory” or “U-Unsatisfactory” assessment for each class. “S-Satisfactory” will indicate that the student has met the standards for at least a B-.
  • Students must receive an “S-Satisfactory" grade in all classes for successful completion.
  • A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all required courses.

Apply for Your Certificate of Completion

After completing all requirements, students may request to receive their official certificate by completing the Request for Certificate form.

How is my accomplishment recognized?

For students earning an “S-Satisfactory" grade, the completed certificate will appear on University of Utah official transcripts.

Can anyone register and enroll in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate Program?

Individuals must have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree or pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree to be eligible to register and enroll in the program. Individuals seeking the Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certificate (ASUDC) certificate must have or be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. Individuals seeking the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certificate (SUDC) certificate must have or be pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.

Do I have to take and complete all of the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate Program courses in sequential order?

No. Although we would prefer that students take and complete the courses in sequential order, especially the Counseling courses, we understand that time, money, and enrollment constraints may make this difficult.

How long does it take to complete the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate Program?

This depends on one’s enrollment status. Students can complete the program within two, three or five semesters (12-24 months).

Do I have to register and pay for all of the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate Program courses at one time?

No, you can register for your courses when open registration for the semester begins and you can pay for the courses you registered for before classes begin.

Does the Certificate of Completion from the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate Program mean that I’m licensed?

No, the Certification of Completion is awarded to individuals following their successful completion of the program. The Certificate of Completion is awarded by the University of Utah. The SUDC or ASUDC license is awarded by the State of Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).

How do I apply for SUDC or ASUDC licensure?

Individuals who complete the required SUDC or ASUDC coursework (including field practicum placement) in the program can apply for licensure through the State of Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). For more information see https://dopl.utah.gov/index.html.

Am I graded in the classes?

Yes, instructors do grade students on assignments—quizzes, examinations, written papers, however classes are graded with a "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory" option. For successful certificate completion, students must achieve a "Satisfactory" grade in all classes.

Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?

These are non-credit classes and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.

Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?

Students taking non-credit classes are not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.

What is the average weekly time commitment for each of the classes?

The for-credit section of the classes are two credit hours. For a typical two credit hour class, each student is expect to spend approximately four hours per week on class work outside of the classroom.

You have a variety of resources available to help you navigate your way through your experience at the U. Below we've listed the contacts that you will likely interact with the most.

College of Social Work
Elizabeth Perez
Director of Academic Advising
elizabeth.perez@utah.edu
(801) 585-1596

Continuing Education
Contact personnel at Continuing Education for questions about class requirements, completion process or overall experience.
Kurt Guner
kurt.guner@utah.edu
Adult Learner Academic Program
(801) 581-8526



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