University of Nevada, Reno

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Undergraduate Minor/Certificate in Addiction Treatment Services – 18 Credits

The minor is particularly designed for those students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a health or social science program and are interested in the addiction treatment field as a supplement to their major. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to lead a student from largely didactic and knowledge-based classroom experience to increasing practical application of theory through experiential classroom activities, supervised practice, and observation of clinical situations.

*The Undergraduate Certificate has the same program requirements for students who are not seeking a UNR degree.

Course Sequence

CAS 154: Problems of Substance Abuse and Addiction (3 credits)

  • Overview of how involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can affect health, personal and social development. Relates social, philosophical, cultural, prevention and treatment issues.

CAS 254: Signs and Symptoms of Addiction (3 credits)

  • Theories and models of alcohol and other drug addiction with emphasis on the signs and symptoms of problematic use and abuse.

CAS 255: Substance Abuse Prevention or CAS 257: Fundamentals of Behavioral Health (3 credits)

  • CAS 255 – A basic overview of substance abuse prevention with emphasis on scientifically defensible substance abuse prevention research and practices. CAS 257- An overview of wellness dimensions, peer support specialists’ ethics, patient advocacy, and systems of care navigation for the mental health and substance abuse services provider.

CAS 354: Screening and Client Engagement (3 credits)

  • Overview of philosophical and procedural components for providing addictions services, professional characteristics, ethical/legal issues, helping process and initial assessment.

CAS 355: Individual and Group Treatment of Addiction or or CAS 357: Behavioral Health in the Justice System (3 credits)

  • CAS 355-Strategies and core competencies for treating addicted individual and group counseling. Experiential learning is the primary approach utilized in this class. CAS 357- Provides theoretical, research-based and practical perspectives on the two overlapping fields of criminal justice and behavioral healthcare (including substance abuse and mental health). **Please note, those wanting to pursue a career in addiction treatment counseling or applying to the Addiction Treatment Services Practicum MUST take CAS 355 Individual and Group Treatment of Addiction.

CAS 454: Assessment and Case Management (3 credits)

  • Practical application of providing addiction services; assessment, placement, treatment planning, ethical/legal issues, and case management.


Application Requirements:

  • Must be a current UNR student | Visit UNR Admissions
  • Completion of CAS 154 (C or higher)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Submit the Online Application (see below)