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Degree and Certificate Options in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling

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Social Work

Social Work Associate – Generalist Associate in Applied Sciences Degree 

Options include general social services or specialized social services for chemical abuse or the aging. The associate degree can be completed in two years if you are a full-time student, but may take longer if you are also working.

Gerontology Certificate 

The study of gerontology also complements a variety of existing degree and certificate programs; nearly every service-oriented discipline has a branch devoted to aging. This certificate can be completed in two semesters.

Human Services Certificate 

Associate degree majors in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling can obtain cross-training in the delivery of human services to aging clients with this certificate. Choose a concentration in either Substance Abuse Counseling or Social Work courses. This certificate can be completed in two semesters.

Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance Abuse Counseling Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

This degree provides the necessary education requirements for testing and licensure as a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC). After finishing required classroom instruction, students gain work experience as counselor interns (CIs). Cooperative work experience provides a structured, supervised practicum in off-campus laboratory sites approved by the program. The associate degree can be completed in two years if you are a full-time student, but may take longer if you are also working.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Prevention Certificate 

This certificate provides cross-training for helping professionals in social service agencies and faith-based communities, focusing on co-occurring disorders. It can be completed in two semesters.

Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate 

This certificate provide cross-training for helping interdisciplinary professionals and trains students for employment as a counselor intern. Students are required to complete a 336-hour practicum experience at an approved agency before applying for counselor intern status from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. This certificate can be completed in three semesters.