Online Advanced Studies in Addiction Science

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Program Overview

Offered by the College of Liberal Arts at USI, the 100% Online Advanced Studies in Addiction Science - OASAS (post-master's certificate in addiction science) provides the latest knowledge, skills, and attitudes in professional addiction treatment practice.

The OASAS certificate is designed for individuals with, or currently working on a clinical master’s or doctorate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program. Individuals with a clinical master’s or doctorate degree from accredited universities or programs with a related discipline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

We will work with you to personalize a sequence of courses depending on your credits.

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Admission Procedures & Requirements

OASAS coursework is non-sequential and admission applicants with supporting documents are reviewed when received. 

1. Complete the Graduate Studies online application (Select "Post-Master’s Certificate in Addiction Science" for Course of Study).

2. Pay the nonrefundable $40 graduate application fee.

3. Submit your completed background checks (CastleBranch) to

Program Benefits

Substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors (i.e., Addiction Counselors) provide treatment and support to people who suffer from addiction, eating disorders and/or other behavioral problems. A need for highly trained individuals in addiction services is well documented. By enrolling in these courses, students have the opportunity to learn addiction theories and techniques, the basics of psychopharmacology, research methods, crisis intervention tools utilized in assisting addicted individuals and their families, as well as legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Program Curriculum

The following is the curriculum for individuals with, or currently working on a clinical master's or doctorate degree from a CSWE-accredited program. We will work with you to personalize an individualized plan of study depending on your prior credits.

SOCW 634: Social Work Practice with Addictions and Family Systems

SOCW 653: Addiction Counseling Theories and Techniques

SOCW 661: Theory and Practice of Group Addiction Counseling

SOCW 664: Crisis Intervention

SOCW 672: Legal, Ethical and Professional Standards in Addiction Science

SOCW 673: Research Methods in Addiction Counseling

SOCW 674: Psychopharmacology

SOCW 689*: Addiction Field and Supervision Experience

* Addiction Field and Supervision Experience (SOCW 689) is a repeatable course and must consist of a minimum of one supervised practicum, internship or field experience in an addiction counseling setting. Students must meet a minimum number of 700 clock hours with a minimum of 280 face-to-face client contact hours of addiction counseling services. In addition, a minimum of 105 hours of supervision from a LCAC who has at least five years of experience as a qualified supervisor is required. If documented Clinical Field Experience from accredited MSW coursework can be presented, these hours may be eligible to be applied to the hours required for the 700 contact hours. Transcripts for all applicants will be reviewed and, if admitted, an individualized plan of study will be developed.

Program Delivery & Technology Requirements

Courses are offered by blending desktop video conferencing and an online learning management system. Access to a reliable computer with internet, camera and microphone capabilities is required.

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Program Calendar 

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline
01/19/21 12/14/20 12/21/20 01/08/21
05/10/21 04/09/21 04/16/21 04/30/21

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Dr. Jay Dickerson
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