Substance Abuse & Addiction

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    Description:  Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

    Typical Career path:  MSW - LSW/SWC - LCSW positions

    Sample Job Titles: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist

    Licensure: A license is often required for entry-level positions.  Graduates should consider obtaining their LSW (or SWC) & LCSW as soon as possible for job eligibility and promotion.  *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements.  For those working within Substance Abuse & Addiction Counseling, the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and Colorado Addiction Counselor (CAC) license are needed credentials & should refer to the Colorado State Board of Addiction Counselors.


    • NASW (National Association of Social Workers) - NASW & Co-Chapter
    • CSWA (Clinical Social Work Association) - CSWA
    • CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) - CSCSW *Learn about CSCSW in this  Video

    LinkedIn Groups – Virtual networking forums and groups certainly provide value within corporate enterprises.  Consider following several groups for trends, networking opportunities, job connections, and more!

    • Social Work Research and Evaluation Practice Group – International
    • National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
    • University of Denver:  Graduate School of Social Work

    Salary Statistics:  

    There are several salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended.

    Additional salary tools that can assist from a specific agency or organization, for instance:

    • PCO – DU/GSSW Career Platform contains employer & salary information reported from GSSW graduates
    • LinkedIn - Salary Finder

    Job Boards: There are several job boards; however, these are some that are often used within this career field including:

    Video Resources:

      Working in Interdisciplinary Team Environments -  Event Recording

      Working with Clients Experiencing Substance Abuse - Event Recording

      Military & VA Social Work_Mar 2020 - Event Recording

       Savio House Employer Info Session - Event Recording

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This portfolio last updated: 30-Nov-2022 4:41 PM