SUDC Counselors help people who have alcohol and other drugs related issues. They counsel addicts, those who are concerned they may become addicts, and on occasion their loved ones. A SUDC does not prescribe medication or provide medical or psychological therapy. They usually help with practical problems, for example, helping a client find a job. In individual or group counseling settings a SUDC would help the client:

  • identify behaviors and problems related to their substance use
  • talk about, understand, and cope with problems
  • develop personalized recovery programs
  • establish healthy behaviors and coping strategies

Will the Substance Abuse Disorders Counseling (SUDC) certificate program meet the educational requirements for the professional credential in the state or US territory you might choose to live during or after completing your UVU degree? Visit the UVU Professional Licensure website to learn more.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Knowledge of Substance Abuse Students will be able to identify behaviors and problems related to substance use.
  • Proficiency in Counseling by Applying Content Knowledge Students will be able to develop personalized recovery programs for their clients that establish healthy behaviors and coping strategies and they will do so in strict adherence to professional ethics.

Substance Use Disorder Counseling Application

SUDC Application Requirements

  • A 2-3 page personal statement regarding your interest in the program (see application for more details)
  • A current resume 
  • Contact information for two references. The references on your application will be contacted for a letter of recommendation
  • Payment of a $40 application fee

2022-2023 SUDC Application Deadline:

Friday, June 3rd 2022 by 5pm 


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Department of Behavioral Science. 



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