Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate Program

Formerly known as the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Training Program

The Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate (SUDTTC) Program is dedicated to helping students develop the solid knowledge base and treatment skills necessary to assist individuals with substance use disorders and their families. The overarching goal of the Program is to enhance the quality of substance use disorder treatment and care delivery available in the state of Utah.

On March 9, 2012, the Utah State Legislature approved changes to the Mental Health Practice Act, resulting in changes to admission requirements and curriculum for substance abuse treatment training programs. These changes went into effect July 1, 2012. The SUDTTC Program has evolved to accommodate the changes in law.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of proficiency at one of of three levels: SUDC, ASUDC, or BSW/ASUDC.

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The SUDTTC Program’s three levels of training:

1. Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC)

  • Eligibility: Students working toward or having obtained an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field.
  • Prerequisites: Human Development across the Lifespan, and General Psychology.
  • Application to the program: Complete applications must be received by April 1st for fall admission. A complete application includes a written personal statement, references, transcripts, and a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Completion of program: Includes 14 credit hours (can be taken for non-credit) of specific substance use disorder education and 200 hours of supervised field training.
  • To obtain licensure: The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) requires completion of the appropriate NAADAC Exam Level I/II, or MAC, and completion of 2,000 hours of supervised work experience, with a minimum of 600 hours of direct client work.

2. Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC)

  • Eligibility: Students working toward or having already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • Prerequisites: Human Development across the Lifespan, and General Psychology.
  • Application to the program: Complete applications must be received by April 1st for fall admission. A complete application includes a written personal statement, references, transcripts, and a $40 non-refundable application fee.
  • Completion of program: Includes 23 credit hours (can be taken for non-credit) of specific substance use disorder education and 350 hours of supervised field training.
  • To obtain licensure: The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) requires completion of the appropriate NAADAC Exam Level II, or MAC, and completion of 4,000 hours supervised work experience, with a minimum of 1,200 hours of direct client work.

3. Bachelor of Social Work/Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (BSW/ASUDC)

  • Prerequisites:Human Development across the Lifespan, and General Psychology.
  • As a BSW Student you are not required to submit an entire application, we will use a lot of the information that you submitted to the BSW program. The required paperwork includes general information, and your personal statement. Please contact Diana Andrus at diana.andrus@socwk.utah.edu for more information.
  • Completion of program: Includes 23 credit hours (can be taken for non-credit) of specific substance use disorder education and 450 hours of supervised field training that counts for both BSW and ASUDC programs.
  • To obtain licensure: The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) requires completion of the appropriate NAADAC Exam Level II, or MAC, and completion of 4,000 hours supervised work experience, with a minimum of 1,200 hours of direct client work.

Please be aware that completing the SUDTTC Program and earning a certificate of proficiency does NOT guarantee that you will become licensed. Licensing is controlled by the state on a case-by-case basis. Additional information in regard to obtaining your Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) license may be found through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/. The University of Utah has no authority with licensing.

A personal history of alcohol and/or substance abuse or conviction for past criminal activity or conduct does not affect the chances of a student being admitted to the program. Students, however, must be advised that past or future substance abuse or criminal activity may limit or inhibit them from securing an internship, which is required for completion of the SUDTTC Program. In addition, students may be ineligible to receive a state license to practice or obtain employment in the field. For more information, contact the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Upon acceptance into the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate Program you will need to pay a $50 seating fee.