Appropriate credentials are the foundation for working in diverse professional settings where substance use services are provided. A thorough understanding of substance use and the latest evidence-based practices for its treatment are the hallmark competency of every qualified professional. The purpose of the Certificate in Substance Use Counseling is to train students to be competent in the delivery of quality care for those affected by substance use. In this program, students will be trained to 1) develop advanced evidence-based treatment competencies and 2) develop a comprehensive knowledge of the bio-psycho-social dynamics associated with substance use.

The certificate is available to currently enrolled graduate students at UGA.

Learn more about the reasons behind establishing the program in this news release and audio interview recorded for WUGA-FM.

Who is Eligible?

The following students are eligible for the certificate program:

  • UGA graduate students enrolled in any major that have at least a 3.20 GPA.
Programs of Study

The certificate program consists of a minimum of four courses of three semester hours each, drawn from courses within the MSW degree curriculum. The program of study and guidelines to apply for each program are listed below.

How to Apply

Currently enrolled UGA students fill out and submit the application form.

Once your application has been approved and you have been accepted, you will receive follow up information on what to do next to start the program.

How to Request the Certificate

Requests for the certificate should be made at the beginning of the semester of your last certificate course(s)

To receive the certificate, you must do the following:

  2. Apply to graduate with the Certificate in Athena before the Graduate School’s deadline for that semester.
  3. Submit the form by email to, FAX: 706-354-3917, or mail to:

University of Georgia School of Social Work
Certificate in Substance Use Counseling Office
School of Social Work
279 Williams St.
Athens, GA 30602

Once grades have been posted and your certificate request has been approved, the program office will notify the registrar and a paper certificate will be mailed to you.

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