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Substance Abuse Counseling (SAC) Minor

The Psychology Department at Viterbo Uni­versity recognizes that conditions of alcohol and other drug abuse or dependence profoundly impact individuals, families, institutions, and society. Substance abuse and dependence produces serious emotional, cognitive, social, vocational, financial, and spiritual consequences for individuals and families. Given the prevalence of substance abuse and dependence, individuals working in the array of human service fields will inevitably encounter clients, patients, co-workers, and/or acquaintances demonstrating these conditions. Example fields include psychology, nursing, social work, criminal justice, clergy, healthcare, educa­tion, and business.

The Substance Abuse Counseling minor facilitates development of the knowledge, skills, and at­titudes needed to identify and treat substance abuse issues including utilizing resources and referrals, and delivering effective intervention and treatment services. This program uses evidence-based training practices incor­porating digital video technology to provide students with immediate feedback on skill development.

The courses and recommended sequence for the minor include:

  • General Psychology (PSYC 171) 
  • Introduction to Chemical Dependency (PSYC 205) 
  • Interviewing and the Helping Relationship (PSYC 270) 
  • Psychopharmacology (PSYC 305) 
  • Behavior Disorders (PSYC 340) 
  • Theories of Counseling (PSYC 422) 
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional Issues (PSYC 423) 
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional Skills (PSYC 427)

Please refer to the Psychology course descriptions for overviews of each class.

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