Substance Use and Treatment

Social worker talking to people in substance abuse support meeting.

Vermont State University’s Substance Use and Treatment Concentration within the Social Work B.S.W. program allows you to focus on providing support for those struggling with addiction. You’ll supplement the program’s core coursework in psychology and addiction with advanced classes examining the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of substance use. You’ll explore approaches to treatment, intervention, and prevention of various kinds of addiction.

Extensive field experiences will build your understanding of practices, problems, and issues in the field. You will graduate prepared for entry-level positions with agencies and organizations, while you pursue certification and licensing as an Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor in Vermont.

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Michael Reeves

Associate Professor, Social Work Program Director


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Why Study Substance Use and Treatment at Vermont State

  • Multiple Field Experiences: You’ll have an early observational field experience plus two semesters of 200 hours each of hands-on experience in your final year, giving you opportunity to explore the field early in the program and build confidence as you prepare to find work as a substance abuse social worker. 
  • Rewarding Work: Addiction easily leads to hopelessness. Bring encouragement and help spark change through your knowledge of evidence-based strategies for recovery. 
  • Broad Perspective: Understand substance use and addiction through historical, psychological, cultural, sociological, and biological perspectives. Be prepared to formulate effective strategies for prevention and treatment that take the big picture into account. 

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Sample Courses

  • Drugs and Behavior 
  • Cannabis, Culture, and Consciousness 
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Studies 
  • Advanced Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies 

Program Accreditation

Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through May 2029, ensuring it will provide you with the foundational skills, knowledge, and values for social work employment or to continue your studies in graduate school.

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