Studying at the University of South Dakota in the Addiction Studies Department has been a dream accomplished.
I have gained grounding in proper theories based on empirical research and models concerning treatment and prevention from the ADS Department.
Leon Leader Charge, Class of 2014
The ADS Department has not only taught me the necessary counseling skills to be successful in the helping field, but it has instilled me with values and life skills that I will use throughout my professional and personal life.
The ADS program led me to finding out what I wanted to do as a career for the rest of my life. After the first class I took, ADS 116, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue. The professors are very open and helped me to find my way in the field. I am grateful for the hands-on experience I obtained through the lab classes, my job shadow, and internship. The program is full of open-minded, non-judgmental staff that helps you to cultivate counseling skills that will best suit you in a professional environment. The amazing education I received in the ADS program lead me to my job today as an adolescent chemical dependency counselor and well prepared me for the aspects of the job.
The Master's program in Addiction Studies has greatly helped me broaden my knowledge base in the field and fine tune my counseling skills even more. It is such a convenient program since it is all online and the Master's degree will facilitate my career goals and success in the field.
Abbey Aasen, 2012 Undergraduate Program Graduate and 2014 Master's Program Graduate