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Ashworth College Introduces Social Services Assistance: Substance Abuse Training Course

on Thursday, 22 January 2015.

Ashworth College (, a leading online school, has introduced a Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse training course to its roster of nationally accredited online career training and college programs. The program expands its broad offerings in the healthcare field.

As part of the Ashworth College Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse training program, all students participate in a 300-hour practicum in a supervised clinical setting. The clinical practicum is one of the prerequisites for anyone seeking a credential and/or licensing as a substance abuse counselor in most states. “The practicum, combined with our professional training, will assist graduates in moving ahead so they may successfully help meet the growing demand for substance abuse counseling specialists,” said Lisa Rutsky, M.Ed., Ashworth College Vice President of Education. Rutsky went on to cite U.S. Department of Labor statistics indicating growth in career opportunities in counseling. “It’s estimated that by 2022, employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors will rise by 31%.”

Ashworth College Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse training

The Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse Career Diploma program from Ashworth College is a self-paced online study program that teaches important concepts, such as how to…

  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards of behavior
  • Identify substance-disorder screening and assessment procedures
  • Work collaboratively with clients and the healthcare team
  • Identify counseling techniques that are appropriate for each client
  • Create professional written treatment and screening reports
  • Present substance information to clients, families and community groups

Educational requirements for substance abuse and addiction counselors vary by state and prospective students are encouraged to research their state’s requirements before enrolling.

Ashworth College is an accredited online learning institution offering career diploma, professional certification and degree programs that are affordable, flexible and 100% self-paced. Based in Georgia, Ashworth promises a quality education on your terms in the fields of health, business, technology, education, the arts and skilled trades. Ashworth serves the educational needs of working adults, including the U.S. military and veterans, corporate partners and homeschoolers. Tuition fits within the student’s budget and all programs are designed to fulfill personal and professional goals.

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