The Substance Abuse Certificate Program at UW-Madison offers professionals from a wide range of fields specialized overview training in substance use disorders and addiction issues. Gain the information and training you need to help respond effectively to people with substance abuse and addiction issues.

Is this program right for you?

The UW-Madison’s Substance Abuse Certificate Program supplements your professional clinical training. Licensed counselors, social workers, therapists and psychologists as well as educators, clergy and military personnel gain confidence and skills necessary to work with clients with substance use disorders or addiction issues.


If you are looking to better serve your existing clients or expand your practice to include clients with substance use disorders or addiction issues, this program is right for you. The program will help you understand and meet the needs of today’s changing population and equip you to better serve agencies and organizations that seek professionals with specialized substance abuse training. This training will cover how substance abuse issues differ between populations, and will help you work more effectively with your current client base or feel more confident to branch out to new clients struggling with these issues.


In the program you will benefit from professional networking and shared experiences as you learn how to explore substance abuse and addiction issues and develop stage-appropriate interventions. This comprehensive overview provides a wide variety of screening and assessment tools, in-depth resources, and evidence-based practices to help you work with clients and their families.


What you Learn

  • Obtain comprehensive, research-based information about substance abuse
  • Respond to substance abusers and their families
  • Gain confidence when working with people who abuse substances
  • Apply the information and skills to your work setting

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Attend six 1-day courses in Madison, WI

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