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Chemical Dependency Counseling

Program Info

Abuse of drugs and alcohol is a problem impacting families across Kentucky. Counseling and treatment are critical factors in helping people overcome abuse and addiction. MSU offers coursework that prepares students for careers to help combat substance abuse across the state.

Master's Degree Option

MSU offers a master's degree program in sociology with a chemical dependency certification concentration. Courses in the program are approved by the Kentucky Alcohol and Drug Certification Board and will prepare students to achieve certification and serve as alcohol and drug counselors.


Students may pursue an undergraduate minor in chemical dependency counseling. The minor consists of five courses (including a practicum) and students may select two additional electives in areas such as health, nursing, psychology, sociology and social work.

A minor in Chemical Dependency Counseling complements degrees in social work, nursing, sociology, criminology and psychology.  Any MSU student may choose to pursue this minor.


This program does not provide a degree, it is a minor that provides additional coursework for anyone striving to work in the substance abuse field.

Social Work

Some may believe that all social workers are employed in the Department of Community Based Services. While this is one viable place of employment for individuals with a social work degree, there are numerous other areas of social work and places for employment. Morehead State University alumni with a bachelors in social work are employed in state, local, and regional social service agencies including: health, hospice and eldercare, rehabilitation, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment as well as many other agencies.

Graduates of our social work program become advocates for those in need of critical human resources and may work to improve:

  • Anti-violence facilities
  • Assistance for the elderly
  • Child welfare and protection
  • Domestic violence intervention
  • Family planning and preservation
  • Income maintenance
  • Medical and mental health services
  • Services for the homeless
  • Substance abuse prevention 

Morehead and Mt. Sterling Campus Coordinator: Lynn Geurin
Ashland and Prestonsburg Campus Coordinator: Latonya Hesterberg
335 Rader Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

Primary Phone: 606.783.2656


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