The specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse minor at Western Michigan University can be completed in its entirety online, or in combination with on-campus coursework. The course credit hours can be applied to the educational requirement for the Certified Addictions Counselor Reciprocal certification. This is the entry-level credential for certified addictions counselors in Michigan. Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals for more information.
A multidisciplinary program, the 18 credit-hour minor prepares students to effectively function with abuse issues in professional and personal arenas. It provides a balanced orientation between theory and practice, and does not emphasize any single method for dealing with the problems of substance abuse. The minor addresses varied aspects of effective service delivery such as prevention, community education, assessment, treatment, program management, evaluation and rehabilitation.