Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Fox Valley Technical College
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Help people break free from the grip of substance abuse. In this rewarding career, you will work with a team of health and social services professionals to provide alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment services. Through classroom, laboratory and internship experience, you’ll develop skills in counseling, diagnosis, treatment planning, group facilitation and crisis management. You’ll also learn how to respect clients' rights and understand the complexity of addiction illnesses. This degree prepares you for entry-level work in licensed AODA facilities such as clinics, hospitals and community residential facilities, as well as correctional facilities, employee or student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies.

Admission requirements

Skills Assessment

An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15.

Students must obtain a C grade in each required general education and core course. If a C grade is not obtained, you will be required to repeat the course.

There is an estimated wait time of up to one year after your admit term to enter occupational specific courses; while waiting to start occupational specific courses, you may choose to take general education and elective courses required for your degree or diploma program.

You will be required to complete a Caregiver Background Check prior to any internship or clinical experience.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

Does this course require proof of English proficiency?

The TOEFL iBT® test is accepted by 11,500 universities and higher education institutions in over 160 countries. Book your test today!

Learn more Advertisement

Program content

Technical Studies

  • Personal/Professional Development
  • Substance Abuse Services, Overview of
  • Understanding Addiction
  • Clients' Rights and Clinical Ethics
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Counseling Skills and Practices, Basic
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Abuse
  • Counseling Theory 1
  • Pre-Internship Seminar
  • Group Facilitation
  • Family Systems and AODA
  • Counseling Theory 2
  • Counseling Skills Lab
  • AODA Case and Records Management
  • AODA Internship
  • Mental Disorders, Overview of
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • AODA Advanced Internship

General Studies

  • Written Communication
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Human Biology
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


Tuition fee: $13,000

Please contact the university for more information.


Degree: Associate Degree (AAS)

Credit Points: 60 Credits

Program Outcomes

  • Adhere to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct, legal regulations, and continue professional development, including technological advances in the profession.
  • Use a systematic screening assessment and level of care placement approach to clinical evaluation to include UPC and/or ASAM criteria.
  • Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary team and the client to develop an individualized treatment plan.
  • Facilitate the process of referral to support systems and community resources to meet the client’s continuing care needs.
  • Provide case management services that include the coordination of available resources to focus on implementation and evaluation of the ongoing treatment plan.
  • Perform individual and group counseling with alcohol and drug abuse clients.
  • Educate clients and families with information on risks, prevention, treatment, and recovery resources related to alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Document the screening/intake process, assessment, treatment plan and prepare written reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client related data.

Career paths

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • AODA Counselor
  • Treatment Specialist

Message the school

Want to know more about this program, Substance Use Disorder Counseling? Fill out the following form and include any questions you have. This information will be sent directly to the school, and a representative will respond to your enquiry.
Currently living in *
Nationality *

reCAPTCHA logo This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

About this institute

Fox Valley Technical College

Want to prepare for a career that is cutting edge? At Fox Valley Technical College you get a hands on, high-tech education that prepares you for the workplace of tomorrow. Fox Valley Technical College has been the college of choice...

Read more about this school

Why study at Fox Valley Technical College

Fox Valley Technical College, a 2-year public college in Appleton and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been the college of choice in this community for over 100 years.

You get high-tech occupational training for the workplace of today, whether you’re preparing for a new career or sharpening your job skills. With over 200 programs to choose from, you can put your career on the fast track.

Contact info

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N. Bluemound Drive
54912 Appleton Wisconsin
United States of America (USA)

Phone no: +1 920-735-4878

Message the school

Want to know more about Substance Use Disorder Counseling? Fill out the following form and we'll pass your details on to a representative from the school, who will respond to your enquiry.


Be the first to write a review!