Substance Abuse Studies
Western Carolina University offers professional development courses for social workers and counselors.  If you do not see the course you are interested in taking, email us at

Substance Abuse Courses:  Western Carolina University offers four 15-week courses (or 9 week during the summer) that meet the substance abuse specific coursework requirements for licensure with the NCSAPPB.  The courses are taught one afternoon/evening a week over a 10-15 week schedule at either the Asheville or Cullowhee campus on a rotating basis. Students are expected to first complete Addictions or SOCW 420/520 before taking the other three courses. For students who are not currently enrolled at WCU, the fee for each course is $450. (NO COLLEGE CREDIT GIVEN). 

This program is approved by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Each course is approved for 3 hours of Substance Abuse Specific Education. The approval number is 12-141-C.

Register for an open course by clicking on the course title below:

Summer 2015

SOCW 524 Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Practice (hybrid)-- Cullowhee, HHSB 349 /  Thursday evenings from 5-9pm starting June 4, 2015.

Fall 2015

SOCW 420/520 Addictions-- Cullowhee, HHSB 357 / Monday evenings from 6-8:50pm starting August 17, 2015

SOCW 522 Methods in Substance Abuse Treatment-- Biltmore Park, Room 345 / Thursday Evenings 6-8:50pm starting August 20, 2015.

Spring 2016

SOCW 526 Science of Addiction-- Biltmore Park, Room 345 / Tuesday evening 6:00-9:00pm

Who Should Take These Courses?

Students interested in the SASCP must first submit an application of interest and a $25.00 administration fee.  More info.

Click here to pay the $25 administration fee online

For more information on this program, please contact:

Patricia M Morse, PhD, LCSW
Professor and Head
Department of Social Work
Office: 828.227.3896

For additional information about North Carolina licensure and certification in Substance Abuse:

North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Certification Board

Organizations using a purchase order or who wish to be invoiced for the conference should email Dr. Susan Fouts at

Questions about registration for these courses should also be directed to Dr. Susan Fouts

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