Substance Abuse Counseling Curriculum

Broad (Overall) Goals

  1. To prepare for graduate studies those students who are interested in pursuing advanced study in substance abuse counseling, psychology, social work or related fields and possible licensure.
  2. To serve the needs of those students who wish to enter careers related to substance abuse counseling upon graduation from the University of St. Francis.
  3. To prepare students to take and pass the Illinois Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) Exam upon graduation.
  4. To contribute to the fulfillment of the University of St. Francis’ goals as a liberal arts institution of higher learning.

Program Outcomes:
Upon graduation, students who major in Substance Abuse Counseling will be able to demonstrate:
• knowledge and application of the field of substance abuse counseling
• knowledge of counseling theories and the ability to discern and apply those theories when needed
• an understanding of the multi-causal nature of substance use disorders
• an understanding of and commitment to the ethical codes in substance abuse counseling
• an understanding of and commitment to social responsibility in a diverse world
• a satisfactory ability to communicate in both oral and written forms using the style appropriately in the field of substance abuse counseling
• satisfactory competency to use technology for learning, researching, and communication
• growth in self-understanding and wellbeing
• knowledge of substance abuse counseling-related careers and paths
• a level of accomplishment sufficient to take and pass the Illinois Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) Exam, gain admission to graduate programs, and/or obtain employment

Major Program
(58 semester hours)

Core Requirements (49 semester hours)
PSYC 111 General Psychology 3
PSYC 211 Introduction to Chemical Dependency 3
PSYC 221 Group Dynamics 3

PSYC 240 Life-Span Development 3
OR
SWRK 242 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
PSYC 250 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 260 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
OR
CSJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice System 3
PSYC 370 Ethics in Addiction Counseling 3
PSYC 372 Psychopharmacology for Addiction Counselors 3
PSYC 376 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
PSYC 420 Advanced Techniques in Substance Abuse Treatment 3
PSYC 424 Diverse Populations in Addictions Counseling 3
PSYC 492 Field Practicum and Supervision I 5
PSYC 493 Field Practicum and Supervision II 5
PSYC 498 Capstone Experience: Case Conceptualization 3
SWRK 651 Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention 3

Three electives, one course in any of three areas you choose from the following (9 semester hours)

Criminal & Social Justice Area
CSJU 200 Criminology 3
CSJU 225 Introduction to Corrections 3
CSJU 270 Juvenile Justice System 3


Psychology Area
PSYC 270 Psychology of Women 3
PSYC 280 Health Psychology 3
PSYC 301 Introduction to Crisis Intervention 3
PSYC 342 Adolescent Development 3

Recreation and Sport Management Area
RSTM 103 Wellness and Lifestyle Satisfaction 3

Social Work Area
SWRK 116 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWRK 321 Legal Systems and the Helping Professions 3
SWRK 650 Domestic Violence 3