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SUAS Curriculum

The Substance Use and Addictions Specialist (SUAS) program at UNC School of Social Work follows a biopsychosocial-spiritual framework that is strengths-based, culturally competent, and gender sensitive across the life span. The curriculum focuses on prevention, intervention, and treatment.

The LCAS credential requires 180 hours of education specific to substance abuse. To fulfill this requirement, students earn 12 credit hours in SUAS-approved coursework and complete required clinical hours through a field placement in the second year. MSW students register for these courses as part of their degree program.

Required Courses

All SUAS students complete three required courses (9 credit hours total):

  • SOWO 700, Foundations of Addiction (3 credit hours, summer or fall)
  • SOWO 760, SUAS Clinical Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SOWO 761, SUAS Diverse Populations (3 credit hours)

In addition, each SUAS student must complete one or two elective courses totaling 3 credit hours. The student may choose elective courses from these SUAS-approved options:

Elective Course Options, Fall Semester

  • SOWO 741, Integrated Behavioral Health (1.5 credit hours)
  • SOWO 767, Differential Diagnosis & Case Formulation (3 credit hours)
  • SOWO 840, Adult Mental Health Theory & Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SOWO 842, Families Theory & Practice (3 credit hours)

Elective Course Options, Spring Semester

  • SOWO 743, Social Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice (1.5 credit hours, March-May)
  • SOWO 750, Cognitive Behavioral Theory (1.5 credit hours, January-March)
  • SOWO 758, Differential Diagnosis (1.5 credit hours, January-March or March-May)
  • SOWO 764, Motivational Interviewing (1.5 credit hours, January-March or March-May)
  • SOWO 765, Social Work Practice with Groups (1.5 credit hours, January-March or March-May)
  • SOWO 831, Substance Use Policy (1.5 credit hours, March-May)

Elective Course Options, Summer Term

  • SOWO 741, Integrated Behavioral Health (1.5 credit hours)
  • SOWO 764, Motivational Interviewing (1.5 credit hours)

Field Placement

Each SUAS student must complete a field placement in mental health and addiction with an approved Certified Clinical Supervisor during their second year of study.

Course availability may vary from year to year. Please consult the current course schedule to determine the exact time a course will be offered.