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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.

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  • Easily afford this API Program Name program with our no interest monthly payment options
  • Fit study around your life with our flexible online study model
  • Upgrade your career prospects and achieve your goals


What you get

  • Detailed study guides to direct you through the material
  • An understanding of substance abuse counselor practices
  • Personalized career guidance to help you move on to next steps
  • A Career Diploma and the option to participate in our live commencement ceremony

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 16% growth in the job market for social and human service assistants, with 453,700 total jobs expected by 2026*.



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.

Yes! All students in our Social Services Assistant training program receive personalized career assistance. We'll help you create an impactful resume, prepare for interviews, and explore job opportunities. Keep in mind that the course does not prepare you to be a counselor, but is a starting point for the social services professions.

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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