The 3-credit undergraduate Practicum in Addiction Treatment or Prevention Services is an opportunity to add a service learning experience for those who have completed the Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) Minor/Certificate. The Practicum provides an experiential, hands-on opportunity in an accredited substance use disorders treatment program, prevention services agency, or an approved behavioral healthcare site where the student will be able to apply skills and knowledge learned in previous CASAT courses, as well as gain a better understanding of the services offered in the community.

The Practicum is particularly useful to students who intend to work as a Nevada Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor* (CADC) or plan to become involved in the behavioral or health sciences field, as placement sites are located in the Northern Nevada and offer the opportunity to meet other professionals in the field.
* Nevada Certification is only done through the Nevada State Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors. You can learn more by visiting http://alcohol.nv.gov.

Prerequisites: Students eligible for the Addiction Treatment Services Practicum have completed the required six CASAT (CAS) Addiction Treatment Services courses*. Those students who have completed all courses EXCEPT CAS 454 and/or completed 357 and/or who are pursuing a career in prevention are eligible the Prevention Services Practicum

*CAS Courses: 154, 254, 255 or 257, 354, 355 (357) and 454

Screening Process:

Eligible students complete an interview with CASAT’s Academic Coordinator and/or the practicum instructor to ensure the student is prepared, willing, and committed to completing the practicum. Site assignments are made by CASAT’s practicum coordinator and/or instructor based on student interest, site availability, major, skills, and scheduling realities.  Students will be expected to contact their site supervisor prior to the beginning of the semester in order to complete appropriate volunteer requirements.

Student Requirements:

Students will work an average of eight (8) hours at their field site (totaling 120 hours of work-based experience a semester) and attend one 90-minute group supervision course meeting a week.

Student Expectations:

Students are expected to:

  • be responsible for knowing and following regulations regarding counseling in the agency;
  • maintain professional attire and demeanor;
  • know and adhere to all Ethical Standards of addiction counselors;
  • work ethically and respectfully with colleagues;
  • plan a work schedule with the field supervisor and adhere to that (or any agreed upon revision) schedule; and
  • follow the specific requirements of the assigned site.

Practicum Application Process

  • Spring Semester applications are accepted November 1-15th
  • Fall Semester applications are accepted March 1-15

Please note: late applications will not be accepted

To submit your application, please use the yellow Submit Application” button below.