Addictions and Recovery, Minor

Program Code: ADRCV_UMNR

Program Description

The multi-disciplinary minor in Addictions and Recovery supplements the educational needs of students across disciplines who wish to gain advanced knowledge and skills to support people struggling with a substance use disorder in all stages of the recovery process. The rise in the number of individuals struggling with addiction and recovery, the increased potency and administration of some drugs, and the specific needs of certain sub-groups within the addictions population are contributing to the complex landscape of addictions and recovery. Upon completion of the minor, students will have the knowledge and skills to support development and administration of programs designed to improve outcomes for those struggling with addictions and recovery.

Students completing the minor will be able to take courses across multiple disciplines as a way to view this phenomenon from various perspectives. The courses that comprise the minor are organized into recommended tracks that will permit students to select combinations of courses that will best compliment their major studies and prepare them for future professional goals. One track provides a pathway to certification as a drug and alcohol counselor for those who successfully complete their bachelor's degree in a behavioral science major in addition to the minor coursework. Students pursing this career path are encouraged to select courses that support the learning domains for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC) certification in the state of Pennsylvania. The minor also provides opportunities for students to seek out research and applied experiences which can enhance their preparation for graduate work or working with people in applied settings.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

Some courses may require prerequisites.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BBH 143Drugs, Behavior, and Health Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Values and Ethics in Biobehavioral Health Research and Practice
Pharmacological Influences on Health
Education and the Student in Recovery
Foundations of Addictions Counseling
Drugs, Crime, and Society
Race, Crime, and Justice
Drug Control Policy in Comparative Perspective
Drugs and Drug Policy in the United States
Education and Public Policy
Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions
Human Development and Family Studies Interventions
The Helping Relationship
The Role of the Resident Assistant: Theory and Practice
Alcohol and Drug Education
Social, Cultural, and Health Influences of Alcohol Keystone/General Education Course
Health Services Policy Issues
Alcohol and Drug Education
Drugs of Abuse and Mental Health Issues Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services
Introduction to Counseling as a Profession
Client Assessment in Rehabilitation and Human Services
Group Work in Rehabilitation Practice and Human Services
Case Management and Communication Skills
Community Mental Health Practice and Services
Children and Families in Rehabilitation Settings and Human Services
Medical Aspects of Disability
Rehabilitation in the Justice System
Trauma-informed care for school & human service professionals
Mood-Altering Substances in Society

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Amelia Tyler
Administrative Support
125G CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802


Jessica Clontz, M.Ed., CRC
Assistant Teaching Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
1 College Place
DuBois, PA 15801


Jessica Saalfield
Assistant Professor, Psychology
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven PA 17972


University Park

125 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802


1 College Place
DuBois, PA 15801


200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972