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Substance Use Disorders Counseling (SUDC) Program

Associate of Applied Science│Fond du Lac Campus and Online│ 2 Years│65 Credits│Eligible for Financial Aid

Substance abuse impacts roughly 1 in 10 people in the U.S., people. Prepare to evaluate and counsel clients with the Substance Use Disorders Counseling (SUDC) degree program at Moraine Park.

Substance Use Disorders Counselors, also known as Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors or AODC Counselors, help clients and their families develop new lifestyles and coping methods to resolve personal conflicts. They are excellent listeners, writers and negotiators with a passion for helping and assisting others.

What You’ll Learn

Graduates are prepared to evaluate clients and develop treatment plans. Students gain foundational knowledge, skills and experience necessary to evaluate, treat and counsel clients:

  • Evaluate clients for SUD treatment.
  • Develop individualized treatment plans.
  • Facilitate client referrals.
  • Counsel clients.
  • Provide education relevant to substance use and recovery.
  • Produce professional SUDC documentation.
  • Manage client case(s).
  • Display professional conduct in the clinical setting.
  • Develop professional relationships with client(s).
  • Apply personal wellness strategies for the helping professions.

Counselor Certification

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 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.

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After learning about Morain Park’s Substance Use Disorder Counseling program and talking with supportive friends and family, Guadalupe felt confident that it was the right path for her.

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“As a returning student to education and studying in a completely new industry, all of the staff within MPTC were over the top helpful in navigating the ins-and-outs of working toward my degree. The Substance Abuse Counseling instructors were knowledgeable about the disease of addiction, the preparation for licensure, and were attentive with answering questions when asked.

I am working with the DOC as a licensed Treatment Specialist and even though the process is different than in the community, I felt fully prepared to take on this challenge because of the extraordinary guidance of the SAC program instructors.”

–  Jacqueline Hein, 2022 MPTC Substance Use Disorder Counseling graduate