Undergraduate Minor & Certificate Programs

The 18-credit Minor is designed for students interested in supplementing their major field of study. The six courses of the minor provide an overview of the knowledge and skills specific to addiction treatment services. *The UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE is the same coursework for students who are not completing a degree from UNR.

Undergraduate Practicum in Addiction Treatment & Prevention – 3 credits

CAS 464, is an optional 3-credit undergraduate Practicum/Internship class available to students who have already completed the prerequisite 18-credit undergraduate program. It is designed for students who intend to become a Nevada Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or want to have a service learning experience in the behavioral health field.

The 12-credit Peer Support Specialist (PSS) Certificate provides students with “lived experience” an opportunity to explore and practice mentoring and coaching skills important to advocating for and supporting peers in addiction and mental health recovery.


Graduate Specialization Programs

The 18-credit Advanced Certificate in addiction treatment and prevention services is designed for graduate level students or post-master’s degree individuals who are interested in enhancing their body of knowledge specific to addiction services. It is particularly useful to licensed professionals wishing to increase their addiction treatment knowledge and skill.

Students who seek the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) may specialize in Addiction Treatment Services. This 33-36-credit master’s program allows students to acquire foundation courses in development, family, and research as well as addiction specialty information and practical experience working in the field of addiction treatment services.



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CASAT Contact Information

Academic Coordinator: Meri L. Shadley, Ph.D., MFT, LCADC –mshadley@casat.org

Academic Administrative Assistant: Debbie Leone — dleone@casat.org

Peer Support Specialist Coordinator: Terra Hamblin, M.A. – thamblin@casat.org

Our Address: University of Nevada, Reno, CASAT – Mail Stop 279 (775) 784-6265 | Orvis Building, Rm. 225

University Contact Information

If you are a first time, transfer or returning student you must apply to the UNR through Admission and Records prior to taking CASAT courses. For UNR admission/application requirements go to admissions, email or call 866-2NEVADA.