There are many potential opportunities for students in Morehead State’s Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology. Now, MSU is filling a need in the region to help combat substance abuse through its chemical dependency counseling minor program.
Courses in chemical dependency counseling were originally offered on a graduate level in Fall 2008. Sam Faulkner, professor of social work at MSU, said that eventually expanded due to students becoming interested with the program.
“People kept asking us, is there any way we could take this as an undergraduate student?” Faulkner said. “Basically, nobody in the state has done that.”
That changed in Fall 2012, when MSU began offering its chemical dependency counseling minor program to undergraduate students, becoming the first program of its kind in the state of Kentucky.
While the chemical dependency counseling minor program is meant to compliment degrees in social work, nursing, sociology, criminology and psychology, Faulkner said the minor is open to any MSU student. The minor consists of five courses (including a practicum) and two electives. The demand for the minor has increased significantly since it was implemented, requiring the courses to be offered to students in both fall and spring semesters.
Faulkner said this minor is doing more than providing students with a unique opportunity to learn more about substance abuse counseling. He also thinks it will eventually be MSU’s way to contribute to fighting substance abuse in Eastern Kentucky and across the state.
“We believe that this minor is good preparation for anyone in human services to recognize substance abuse, to recognize the theories for why that occurs and have the skills to help people,” he said. “Substance abuse is rampant and we’re trying to make an impact as part of our service to the region.”
For more information on MSU’s chemical dependency counseling minor program, call 606-783-9382 or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/chemicaldependency