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Social Services Assistant training online

Working in social services requires compassion and patience—and the training to know how to help in a variety of different situations. Our online Social Services Assistant training is a great place to kick-start your career, especially if you want to help people with substance abuse issues get back on their feet. Although this course isn’t designed to qualify you to act as a counselor, it could contribute to a portion of the alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) domains used in the counseling credentialing process.

When you choose Ashworth College, you’re choosing the freedom to learn at your own pace, on your own schedule. Graduate in as few as four months with a solid foundation to start pursuing a fulfilling career helping people who are dealing with addiction.

Social Services Assistant Online Curriculum

Through our online Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse curriculum online, you’ll learn more about addiction, counseling those with addiction, and case management. Your classes include:

  • Introduction to Human Services and Counseling
  • Drugs, Addiction, Diseases, and Special Populations
  • Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention
  • Communication, Case Management, and Legal and Ethical Issues

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  • Our affordable tuition payment plan options.
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What you get

  • Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
  • Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
  • ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
  • An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads

job growth

Job opportunities

As the court system increasingly opts to send drug offenders to treatment programs rather than jail, the demand for people with the skills to work with people with addictions will grow. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts 9% growth in the job market for social and human service assistants, with 450,600 total jobs expected by 2032.



Learn the counseling process from screening and intake to assessment, treatment, and discharge.


Provide information on substance abuse, prevention, and treatment to potential clients and their families.


Start with an understanding of best practices in order to progress toward a career as a counselor.


Frequently asked questions

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

If you are a naturally caring person who wants to make a difference by helping people who have an addiction problem, this course is ideal for you. Our online substance abuse classes are designed to give you a solid foundation in treatment, prevention, and successful counseling methods. We hope it will inspire you to further your education so you can apply what you learn in a promising and worthwhile career.

All graduates keep access to their accounts on the Ashworth College Central Network, an online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. As a student, you will interact with the Ashworth College Central Network throughout your lessons to make you comfortable with the tools and prepare you to make a good impression on potential employers once you've graduated!

We allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to graduate from our Social Services Assistant training. A self-paced, flexible study schedule is one of the many advantages of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.

Related programs

Besides substance abuse classes, we have other programs in the healthcare field that you might want to explore.

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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