Substance Use Disorders

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Effective interventions for substance use disorders and addictive human behaviors require empathy and insight. Salve Regina University’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in substance use disorders provides the holistic knowledge and clinical competencies needed to utilize best practices in the treatment of these disorders and behaviors.

Incorporating Mind, Body and Spirit

In keeping with the University’s mission, our graduate certificate prepares students to work for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful by expanding knowledge and understanding in the field of substance use disorders.

The substance use disorders certificate explores ethical and confidentiality considerations, neurotransmission and the impact of chemical substances on the brain, and the selection of effective treatment interventions. Students learn to formulate and implement individual treatment plans, and have opportunities to practice evidence-based interventions that support healing.

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$2,010 per course

Course Requirements

Salve Regina's graduate certificate in substance use disorders is designed for students who hold a master's degree in mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, health care or a related field and are seeking continued professional development and personal growth.

Required courses:

  • HLC620: Theory and Overview of Substance Use Disorders and Treatment
  • HLC621: Ethics and Confidentiality in Substance Use Disorders
  • HLC622: Neuroscience of Chemical Dependency
  • HLC623: Treating Substance Use Disorders: Effective Intervention for Healing


  • HLC509: Theories of Counseling
  • HLC515: Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • HLC516: Group Counseling and Group Work
  • Or the equivalent courses from an accredited institution

Additional prerequisites may be required depending upon the student's academic and/or professional background. Courses may be used to complete the credits needed to meet licensing requirements.

This course provides the knowledge to develop competency in the application of best practices in treating substance use disorders. The course identifies regional treatment needs and available recovery support resources.

This course allows students to explore ethical questions in areas such as boundary issues, general communication rules and regulations, utilization of electronic communications, cultural competence, professional competence, risk management and other ethical and confidentiality considerations.

This course provides an understanding of brain anatomy, neurotransmission and the impact of psychotropic substances on the brain. The selection of effective treatment interventions is also explored.

This course introduces and analyzes the holistic environment and clinical competency necessary for individual treatment planning and implementation. This experiential course provides students with the opportunity to apply science and theory by practicing evidence-based interventions that support the continuum of healing for this disease.

Our Faculty

Our substance use disorders courses are taught by seasoned professionals who are experts in their field. Instructors work one-on-one with students to meet their individual needs while serving as career-focused mentors.​

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Courses are billed individually at the start of each class. Please note that there is a $60 registration fee per semester.

Tuition Reimbursement


If your employer is paying all or part of your tuition, we will arrange payment directly from your employer where possible.

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Our certificate programs are eligible for federal student loans. To qualify, you must complete two courses per semester.

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Military and


Salve Regina is approved for veterans’ benefits and has been named a Military Friendly School.

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