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.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Social Work, B.S.W.
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
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.
What You’ll Learn
In this concentration, you will:
Understand the biological, psychological, personal, and social factors involved in substance use and the dynamics of addiction and recovery.
Learn about evidence-based strategies for treating and preventing addiction.
Explore the political, legal, and criminal justice aspects of substance use.
Discover the role and responsibilities of a substance abuse social worker and explore your career options in this field.
You’ll gain extensive first-hand experience in a field placement in a substance use and treatment setting to prepare for your career. Recent placements for students in the program have included Rutland Mental Health Center, Rutland Homeless Prevention Center, the Howard Center, and Easterseals.
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.