West Virginia is in the midst of an addiction crisis, with the highest rate of overdose death in the country and the highest rate of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. And, across the U.S., addiction directly affects over 21 million Americans annually with countless others indirectly impacted. Despite these large numbers, research indicates that only 11% of those needing treatment receive it. While many factors limit access to treatment, significant factors include the lack of treatment capacity, lack of trained addiction professionals, and lack of trained allied professionals. To address this need, the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology now offers an undergraduate minor in Addiction Studies to prepare addiction professionals for employment in substance use disorder treatment and related settings, and to prepare students in a variety of fields with basic knowledge in addictions. The program also offers many opportunities for students to gain experience that can lead to graduate education and certification or licensure in counseling and other helping professions..
The first of its kind (at the university level) in West Virginia, the WVU minor in Addiction Studies is an on-campus 15 credit hour, clinically based program that offers a service component and meets partial requirements toward state addiction certification. It is available to all disciplines of study, and those majoring in social work, psychology, sociology, public health, nursing, criminal justice and sport and exercise psychology - as well as those in the Multidisciplinary Studies and Regents Bachelor of Arts degree programs - are especially encouraged to apply.
Minor Code: U147
For questions, please contact:
Addiction Studies Minor Coordinator
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