Are you seeking a meaningful career path centered on making a positive impact in your community? Do you want to help motivate people to change their lives for the better? Let compassion evolve into action by earning your substance abuse degree online at SNHU.
The issue of substance abuse is a stark reality for communities across America:
While an immense burden to society, substance abuse also takes a toll on individuals and families. With the conversation shifting from creating tougher regulations and punishments for drug offenses to how to address the nation's substance abuse problem, the need for highly educated community workers with a background in substance abuse has increased.
For those passionate about helping substance abusers on the road to recovery, Southern New Hampshire University now offers the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Substance Abuse. This specialized online program serves as an important educational first step toward becoming a drug and alcohol counselor.*
*This program does not guarantee licensure; requirements vary by state.
SNHU's substance abuse degree online provides the training and tools you need to support sufferers of alcoholism, drug addiction and other substance use disorders as they endeavor to restore their lives and relationships.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your substance abuse degree online at SNHU include:
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected that demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors will grow 22% through 2024*. This much faster than average growth stems from the growing recognition of the widespread toll that substance abuse is taking on society.
With an SNHU substance abuse degree online, you'll be qualified to provide entry-level services to individuals, groups and families in residential addiction treatment facilities, outpatient addiction programs, state drug courts, prisons, mental health centers, community health centers and private practice. Most of these are full-time positions.
Potential job titles include:
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services with a concentration in Substance Abuse, offered by Southern New Hampshire University, does not directly lead to licensure. It does provide a significant portion of the substance abuse coursework most often required for licensure. Students seeking licensure and/or certification may be required to complete additional coursework and will be required to complete fieldwork as prescribed by each state. Most states also require a passing score on a licensing exam.
The licensure process and educational requirements for drug and alcohol counselors vary from state to state. This program does not directly lead to licensure.
It is the student's responsibility to contact their state board or agency for additional information regarding the licensure process and educational requirements. If the student moves to another state, the requirements for licensure will likely be different from the state where the student currently resides, and the student is responsible for determining the licensure requirements in the state to which he/she relocates. Southern New Hampshire University does not guarantee that the completion of this program will result in state licensure or certification.
To help guide you through this process, SNHU has provided information on individual state licensure boards.
Coursework for the BA Human Services concentration in Substance Abuse explores the trajectory of diagnosing, treating and reintroducing a recovering individual to a healthy, sustainable life. You'll learn about screening techniques, prevention strategies, pharmacological factors, and more.
The substance abuse degree concentration has been designed with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) in mind to teach you the 12 Core Functions of a drug and alcohol counselor, including:
Core courses in the human services degree curriculum highlight the importance of law and ethics, confidentiality and case management. The addition of the substance abuse concentration includes new courses that focus on each step of the prevention, intervention and rehabilitation process. The courses in the substance abuse degree online concentration are taught by instructors who are experienced in substance abuse counseling and have worked in the field for years.
The substance abuse degree online culminates in a capstone experience that allows you to apply what you've learned to the real world.
SNHU's bachelor's in substance abuse program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
This course introduces students to various types of addictive behaviors as well as their causes and consequences in relation to the individual, family, community, and society. It includes an overview of theories on addiction and approaches to identification, prevention, and treatment.
Explore the IC & RC 12 Core Functions of a substance use counselor. Learn evidence-informed approaches to practice that align with national standards.
Explore the continuum of care model and best practices in substance use disorders including early intervention, prevention, treatment and recovery services. Develop a novice knowledge base of community resources to support each component of the continuum.
Examine a variety of theoretical approaches with a focus on evidence-based counseling techniques widely used in Substance Use Disorder treatment. Practice ethical and culturally sensitive documentation skills to record individual and group therapy progress notes.
Explore the physiology and pharmacology of substance use and the impact psychopharmacological chemicals have on the human body. Identify drug classifications, side-effects, and rationales for medication selection. Discuss current trends and issues in drugs of choice and medication-assisted therapy.
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development.
This course offers students an opportunity to better understand human behavior. It also studies the similarities and differences between normal and abnormal reactions to environmental stimuli.
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns.
This course provides an overview of the historical development of human services and an introduction to the many settings, roles, and functions of the human services professional. Students will gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to help support others toward living a more fulfilling life with particular attention given to behavioral and social theories, common social problems, service delivery systems, ethical behavior, and personal values.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively, efficiently, and compassionately communicate both orally and in writing. Emphasis will be given to the tools of communication as well as how to clearly articulate the issues, deal with conflict, and establish rapport. Human services professionals function in many settings requiring the ability to communicate the needs and issues of their clients, programs, and organizations to a broad variety of people.
This course prepares students to function effectively within organizations, as most human services work involves interactions with multiple private and public organizations. Students develop an understanding of organizational structure and functions through an overview of common organizational structures and management systems and the principles of organizational behavior that influence the work environment. An introduction to the strategic planning and budgeting cycle is provided including the process of grant funding. Basic concepts of personnel management and common techniques and procedures for outcome measurement and program evaluation will also be presented.
Students in this course will become acquainted with human services policies and the legislative and private sector processes of policy development. Students will further discover the role of advocacy in influencing social welfare programs for a variety of populations. Students learn the skills needed to act effectively in developing policies and for planning an advocacy campaign.
Students in this course will learn about the laws and regulations that govern human services practice. Specific topics will include confidentiality, parity, involuntary commitment, mandated reporting, duty to warn, minor and parental rights, guardianship, and advanced directives. The course will also discuss the ethical principles that guide human services practice as well as the conflicts that arise between the ethical principles and the law.
Students will learn fundamental theories, concepts, and practices related to the delivery of human services. Topics covered in this course will include client engagement, interviewing, models of service delivery, ethics and professional responsibility, group dynamics and facilitation, boundaries, and formal/informal client-centered support systems. Students will apply course work to real life situations by assessing the needs of clients and designing goal-based care plans. Additionally, students will plan and design interventions, utilize community resources, and assess client outcomes.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the B.A. in Human Services program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
This course offers a broad introduction to research methods in the social sciences, including surveys, case studies, experiments, and quasi-experiments. Students learn to spot design flaws in research intended to generate scientifically sound conclusions about social phenomena, and to evaluate critically the interpretations of social science research results by third-party observers, such as reporters. Students also learn how to draft a research proposal that would satisfy the requirements of peer review within the community of professional social scientists.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, on the Internet at Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-and-behavioral-disorder-counselors.htm (viewed online April 18, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.