Substance Use Disorder Professional Training

RCW 18.205 and WAC 246-811 of the state of Washington set the requirements to qualify as a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) and Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee (SUDPT). This includes education, experience, an exam, application, and an application fee.

Applicants are required to have an associate degree in human services or related field, or successful completion of 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits in courses from an approved school. At least 45 quarter or 30 semester credits must be in courses relating to the substance use disorder profession and must include the topics listed in WAC 246-811-030.

Courses provided by Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Behavioral Healthcare program are designed to teach to those topics. These courses can be taken as part of the college’s BAS in Behavioral Healthcare or AAS in Behavioral and Social Services.

The following table outlines the state’s requirements. Courses provided by Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Behavioral Healthcare program are designed to teach to those topics.

These courses can be taken as part of the college’s BAS in Behavioral Healthcare or AAS in Behavioral and Social Services. Columns A to W reflect the specific educational content mandated in WAC 246-811-030. Classes in d marked with * are not currently offered at LWTech.

Course # Title Cr. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W
BHAV 111 Substance use issues 5 A B                       N       R S        
BHAV 121 Treatment of substance use issues 5     C D   F   H                 Q R S       W
BHAV 130 Therapeutic skills 5                     K                        
BHAV 131 Case management & substance use 5               H I J       N     Q         V  
*BHAV 132 Public policy regarding substance use 5                                             W
BHAV 141 Harm reduction 5             G       K               S        
BHAV 210 Group work 5                       L                      
*BHAV 211 Substance use in special populations 5         E                                    
*BHAV 221 SUD field practicum 5 A         F   H I               Q R S        
*BHAV 231 Relapse prevention 5                     K L               T      
BHAV 232 SUD systems of care 5 A   C             J   L M N       R         W
BHAV 321 Assessment & Goal Planning 5           F   H I J K           Q            
BHAV 412 Human service ethics 5                                   R S        
BIO 330 Basic Neurology 5 A B                       N   P              
HUM 215 Diversity & social justice 5         E                                    
PSYC& 100 General psychology 5                               P              
PSYC& 200 Lifespan psychology 5                             O                
PSYC& 220 Abnormal psychology 5                               P              

Online Pathway for Licensed Providers

Washington state has also created an “alternative training” pathway for certain licensed professionals:

WAC 246-811-077 allows these individuals to move forward with 15 quarter credits covering 7 particular topics. Course work on each of the following topics specific to alcohol and drug addicted individuals is required:

  1. Survey of addiction;
  2. Treatment of addiction;
  3. Pharmacology;
  4. Physiology of addiction;
  5. American Society of Addiction Management (ASAM) criteria;
  6. Individual group, including family addiction counseling; and
  7. Substance use disorder law and ethics.

Lake Washington has developed a series of three online courses to provide this content to working professionals anywhere within Washington state. Columns A to G reflect the specific educational content mandated in WAC 246-811-077.

Course # Title Cr. A B C D E F G
BHAV 111 Substance use issues 5 A   C D      
BHAV 121 Treatment of substance use issues 5   B     E F  
BHAV 232 SUD systems of care 5             G

These courses are offered 100% online. Students can complete the sequence by taking 1 class each in fall, winter, and spring quarters. The classes are taught by experienced educators with a history of training SUD professionals. National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) materials provide the backbone of our content. The classes can be taken in any order.

You can enroll online and get started immediately.

Those interested in learning more are encouraged to contact Dr. Rex Rempel, DSW, LICSW, Director of LWTech’s Behavioral Health department. Phone: (425) 739-8285, email Rex.Rempel@LWTech.edu. Visit the Behavioral and Social Services homepage.