The Department of Addiction Studies at the University of South Dakota has changed its name to the Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention. The name change required formal approval by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The change more accurately reflects the department’s clinical mission to prepare students to become addiction counselors and prevention specialists.
USD’s Addiction Counseling and Prevention program was originally created in 1973, and received full status as a USD academic department in 1977.
Today, the department offers a variety of courses and accredited degrees, including bachelor and master’s degrees and certificates and a minor. Courses are taught at USD’s main campus in Vermillion, at several other sites around South Dakota and online.
Currently, 162 students are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees through the USD Addiction Counseling and Prevention department in a growing job market for counselors and prevention specialists. Since its creation at USD, the department has conferred more than 1,100 degrees.