Addiction and Recovery Specialization

Prepare and get a head start on earning your Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist credential!

Overview

The Department of Social Work offers an Addictions and Recovery specialty, which is a set of electives, practicum, and specialty supervision for MSW students interested in becoming a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), credentialed by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Completing this curriculum will prepare the student to apply for the LCAS Associate from under Criteria C upon graduation.

Why should you take part in this "Criteria C" curriculum?

  • Receive outstanding, relevant instruction that will prepare you as an addiction specialist
  • Job opportunities shortly after graduation
  • Earn your LCAS after only one year of supervised clinical practice

Eligibility

The requirements for this include:

  • Enrollment in our MSW Program
  • Completion of 12 credit hours of electives in addiction and recovery courses listed below. Note: This represents six additional credit hours to the standard MSW coursework.
    • SW 516- Addiction Recovery and Social Work Practice
    • SW 595-DSM & Clinical Conditions
    • SW 595- Community Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder
    • SW 595- Addiction Treatment Theories and Models
    • Other SW 595 electives maybe offered which qualify.
    • Note: Traditional students should take one of the additional electives in each semester of the first year, or take classes over the summer to avoid an overload of 18 hours or more, in the second year.
      Advanced standing students should take one of the additional electives during the Second Summer Session before regular classes start, in the fall semester. The other additional elective will be taken in either the fall or spring in the academic year. An overload authorization will be required for 18 or more credit hours.


For additional information regarding the Addiction and Recovery Specialization, feel free to contact Dr. David Fitzpatrick at dcfitzp2@ncsu.edu.