Skip to content

Substance Use Disorder Certificate

Evidence-Informed Assessment and Intervention

The Substance Use Disorder Certificate introduces current evidence-based treatment and prevention approaches and provides clinical and scientific knowledge about the nature of substance misuse.

Learn More Today

Complete the form to learn more about this program.

Program Highlights




certificate courses


total certificate credit hours

Make a Difference Through Intervention

The Substance Use Disorder Certificate is taught by experts with years of diverse social work experience. The Substance Use Disorder certificate will deepen your understanding and ability to provide evidence-informed assessment and effective intervention related to substance misuse.

You’ll also gain valuable hands-on experience through an advanced practicum designed to improve your assessment and intervention skills related to substance misuse.

A Growing Need for Substance Abuse Counselors

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the field of mental health counseling for substance use disorders is growing at a rate of 13%, which is much faster than the national average industry growth rate. With this rate of expansion, more than 90,700 new positions for substance abuse counselors are expected to be created by 2029. The Substance Use Disorder Certificate will elevate your social work practice and help you improve the lives of those struggling with substances in your community.

A professional licensure or certification may be required to practice, advance, or specialize in social work. However, educational requirements for licensure vary by state. View more information on social work licensure here.

For more information on our program’s SARA compliance please see here.

Careers and Salaries

An Evidence-Based Approach to Substance Misuse

The Substance Use Disorder Certificate utilizes a curriculum founded on evidence-based practice to deliver the clinical and scientific knowledge you need to help individuals struggling with substances. You’ll also gain practical experience in your practicum placements as you work within a substance use disorder-related agency.

Substance Use Disorder Certificate
(9 credit hours)

  • SW 524 Substance Misuse (3)
  • SW 580 Trauma-Informed Care (3)
  • SW 740* Advanced Practicum I (3) OR
  • SW 741* Advanced Practicum II (3)

Learn more about the courses required for this certificate on our courses page.

*Students complete either SW 740 or SW 741. Students are required to complete either course with a SUD-related agency.

Why Choose UK Online?

Join the Big Blue Nation

Joining the online MSW at UK means joining a tradition of excellence where you can build your career with confidence—all while learning online at your own pace. With experienced faculty, thoughtfully designed curriculum, and the highest licensure exam pass rate in the Commonwealth, we make sure you graduate ready and exceptionally prepared for real-world practice.

How to Apply

Submitting an application to UK is as simple as creating an online account, submitting undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials, then paying your $65 application fee. You can expect to receive a decision 2–3 weeks after you apply.

Get Started

Frequently Asked Questions

Earning your degree online with the University of Kentucky College of Social Work is a big step — but we’re here to support you along the way. Below, you’ll find frequently asked questions about the College and the online Master of Social Work program. If you have questions, call 833-358-1721 to speak with an Admissions Counselor.

Yes, all certificate programs require an application. Students must apply for the certificate by creating an additional account within the Graduate School’s ApplyYourself application. Contact us for more information.

The Substance Use Disorder and Clinical Social Work Practice certificates are part of the Master of Social Work program. Full-time students can complete the Advanced Standing program in two semesters and the Regular Standing program in 4 semesters in an accelerated format. Part-time students can complete the Advanced Standing program in two years and the Regular Standing program in three years. Accelerated completion options are available with program director approval.

The certificate programs provide a versatile credential that allows you to qualify for a myriad of roles in a variety of settings through career-ready skills that immediately apply to your chosen area of focus.

Both the Substance Use Disorder and Clinical Social Work Practice certificate programs are offered online and on-campus, and also through a hybrid format.

Clinical Social Work Practice Certificate:

  • SW 726 Psychopathology for Clinical Social Work 
  • SW 728 Comparative Treatment Modalities 
  • SW 730 Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers

Substance Use Disorder Certificate: 

  • SW 524 Substance Misuse
  • SW 580 Trauma-Informed Care
  • SW 740 Advanced Practicum I* OR 
  • SW 741 Advanced Practicum II*

*Students choose either SW 740 or SW 741 and complete the course in a SUD-related agency. 

To see full curriculum details, please visit the MSW courses page

Visit our FAQ page