Clark State’s third bachelor’s degree focuses on drug addiction and treatment


“The degree will be the first of its kind to educate and train future treatment providers to master these two areas to better serve clients,” she said.

The college partners with several human and mental health service providers such as social services, correctional facilities, mental health facilities and homeless shelter networks, and the college has already secured preliminary agreements to provide up to 40 internship sites per year for the degree.

“This BAS program will focus on the clinical aspects of substance abuse treatment and mental health screening, which falls under the license they are eligible for at this level,” said Carin Burr, professor of social services. “The clientele of addiction treatment and mental health has become more complex and concurrent in nature. »

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The college will also seek accreditation from the National Addictions Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). The nearest licensing program for addiction studies is more than 50 miles away, and no other programs are nationally accredited with NASAC, Burr said.

“Most of the current four-year programs in the region are social work specific and focus primarily on case management, social work systems concepts and referrals, not so much on developing clinical skills like interviewing. motivational, group process and cognitive-behavioral skills training than that. program does it,” she said.

Clark State received its first bachelor’s degree approval in 2018 for Manufacturing Technology Management and its second bachelor’s degree approval in 2019 for Web Design and Development.


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