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Addiction Counseling Focus

Substance use disorders continue to be a growing problem faced by individuals and families served by social workers. In order to give students a better understanding of how to help those struggling or in early recovery, Kansas State Polytechnic has added a focus area in addiction counseling.

From pharmacology to case management to treatment approaches, the addiction counseling focus is comprised of four courses that provide a comprehensive study of substance use disorders. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, students get the opportunity to observe and assist a professional case manager in the field as well as practice evidence-based interventions according to their own professional assessments. The addiction counseling focus also is a pathway for students to complete Person Centered Case Management, or PCCM, training, making K-State one of only two universities in the state to offer this certification before graduation.

When social work students complete two of the courses in the addiction counseling focus – SOCWK 340 and 640 – and a practicum at a substance use disorder treatment facility, they will be eligible to become dual licensed as Licensed Baccalaureate Social Workers, or LBSW, and Licensed Addictions Counselors, or LAC, upon graduation.


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