Substance Use Disorders Counseling

Program Number: 10-550-1
School Year: 2020-2021
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
This program is eligible for financial aid

Prepare to evaluate and counsel clients with substance use disorders with the Substance Use Disorders Counseling associate degree program at Moraine Park.

About the Program

Substance abuse impacts roughly 1 in 10 people in the U.S., people who need help learning healthy lifestyles and coping mechanisms.

Substance Use Disorders Counselors, also known as Alcohol and Other Drug (AODA) Counselors, help clients and their families develop new lifestyles and coping methods to resolve personal conflicts. The Substance Use Disorders Counseling field has a positive job outlook and is growing much faster than average.

What You'll Learn

Students gain foundational knowledge, skills and experience necessary to treat and counsel clients. Graduates are prepared to evaluate clients and develop treatment plans. Successful Substance Use Disorders Counselors are excellent listeners, writers and negotiators. They also have a passion for helping and assisting others.

The program meets all educational requirements for counselor certification and prepares graduates for the counselor certification examination.

After completing Moraine Park’s associate degree in Substance Use Disorders Counseling, students are awarded 500 hours for being an approved program and an additional 468 hours of clinical experience. This totals 968 hours toward the required 3,000 hours of clinical experience needed for counselor certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor with the Department of Safety and Professional Services of the State of Wisconsin.

Number Title Crs
Semester 1
103-159 Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
550-106 Physiological Complications and Psychopharmacology 3
550-112 Client Rights, Confidentiality and Ethics 3
550-125 Counseling Skills and Practice 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
890-101 College 101 2
Total 18
Semester 2
550-121 Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment 4
550-140 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
550-141 Group Facilitation 3
550-142 Introduction to Community Mental Health 3
801-1xx Communication Course 3
Total 16
Semester 3
550-131 Crisis Management 2
550-135 Diversity in Counseling 3
550-150 Family Systems 3
804-1xx Mathematics Course 3
 - OR - 
806-1xx Science Course 3
809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
Total 14
Semester 4
550-155 Substance Use Disorders Counseling Internship Seminar 3
550-156 Substance Use Disorders Counseling Internship 1 4
550-157 Substance Use Disorders Counseling Internship 2 4
550-161 Motivational Interviewing 3
809-1xx Social Science Course 3
Total 17
Total Credits 65