Substance Abuse Education
Substance Abuse Education
Technical Diploma
24 Credits
Central Campus (Janesville)

Flexible Learning Options

At Blackhawk, we understand our students have busy lives and hectic schedules which is why the college offers a variety of flexible learning options to best serve you. Learn more about all of our flexible class options here.

Several classes in this program are offered in one or more of the following formats:

What You’ll Learn

The Substance Abuse Education program is offered 100% online only.

This embedded technical diploma prepares individuals to help prevent substance abuse, counsel individuals and families with drug and alcohol problems, and perform intervention and therapeutic services for persons suffering from addiction. Includes instruction in individual and group counseling skills, psychology of addiction, substance abuse identification methodologies, substance abuse treatment modalities, substance abuse prevention and treatment resources, psychopharmacology, treatment evaluation, patient education, and professional standards and ethics. This program satisfies the educational requirements and is an approved 360-hour educational program by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

In addition, this program satisfies the 100-hour educational component for licensing as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training as required by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). A student may apply for their in training license through the State of Wisconsin DSPS as soon as the 100 hours of education are completed in this program at Blackhawk Technical College and start working in the field to gain hours of experience needed for licensure as a Substance Abuse Counselor or a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. 

Estimated Program Costs & Potential Earnings

Median Wage


*based on EMSI Occupational Employment Statistics

Potential Careers

Substance Abuse Counselor in Training
Substance Abuse Counselor
Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor
Peer Support Specialist

Career Pathway

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning saving you time and money. Find out more about what may apply to this program.
Substance Abuse Education
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Additional Program Information

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