Social Services Assistant Training

If you are looking to work in a field that is emotionally and intellectually rewarding, consider a career as a social services assistant. Madison’s Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse training program provides the essential knowledge you’ll need to contribute in counseling activities. Your passion for helping others combined with our professional course can lead to a rewarding career providing treatment and support to help their clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors. While this program is not designed for graduates to participate as counselors, depending on your state’s requirements, the program may contribute to a portion of the AODA domains used in the counseling credentialing process.

Our online social services assistant training for substance abuse gives you everything you need to complete the program. From a textbook and study guides to online assessments and academic support available when you need it by phone, email or online, this comprehensive course can give you a jump start in your pursuit of career opportunities in treatment centers, private practice and more. Our flexible, self-paced program allows you to enroll whenever you’re ready and learn when it’s convenient for you and you can graduate with your diploma in as few as 4 months.


Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Healthcareers

Introduction to the basic operations of allied healthcareers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Introduction to Human Services and Counseling

Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse

Introduction to human services. Students will learn about the education, training, and licensing requirements needed for this profession. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of a counselor, the characteristics and attributes a counselor should possess, and the environments in which substance abuse counselors may work.


Students will learn about counseling and the history and approaches to chemical dependency counseling. Students will also learn about current counseling strategies, crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, interventions, and the differences between group and individual counseling.


Program Details

Our Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse training program instructs students on the role as a social services assistant and the skills needed to work with a variety of different clients. Students will learn how to adhere to professional and ethical standards of behavior, work with clients and health care professionals, use counseling techniques that are appropriate for each client, and create professional written records for each client. Madison’s comprehensive lessons may provide as many as 160 hours of the AODA domains often required to begin the certification process for addiction specialists.

Your Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse Training Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive social services assistant study guides, online lessons and textbook
  • Career diploma at graduation
  • Instructional and tutorial support from our experienced faculty
  • Membership in Madison’s online student community
  • Interactive student portal that can be accessed anytime and anywhere from your phone, tablet, or computer

It was a great experience for me. The instructors went over everything that you didn’t know with you - and they were always there when you needed them.

— Shirley Ann Griffin, Recent Graduate


If costly tuition has been keeping you from pursuing education in social services, think again. Online Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse training tuition at Madison School of Healthcare is affordable and flexible.

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Career Outlook

Professionals in social services assistant jobs are among the most dedicated workers in any field. Knowledgeable and skilled substance counseling program graduates can find work in a wide range of settings, such as mental health centers, community health centers, prisons and even private practice. The U.S. Department of Labor expects 44,200 new jobs for social services assistants through 2024, an 11% rise in employment. Employers want social services assistants who are passionate and skilled at helping patients recover from their addiction.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates over 430,000 people will be employed as social services assistants by 2024.


Do I need previous experience or a degree prior to enrolling in Madison’s Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse program?

No, you don’t need previous experience or a degree to enroll in Madison School of Healthcare’s Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse training program. This course was created by industry experts with first-hand knowledge of the counseling field and the responsibilities of the role. These courses will give you the information needed to better prepare for a career opportunity helping those battling addiction.

What features should I look for in the Madison Social Services Assistant: Substance Abuse online program compared to other schools’ programs?

It’s important that the program you choose includes the latest information on the fundamentals of the counseling field. Look for a program that has only the lesson content you need to know; a program that’s focused on the skills you need to start your career. Your program should include lessons on professional and ethical standards, screening and assessment procedures, counseling techniques, maintaining patient records and developing treatment goals. Lessons aligned to the AODA domains may be helpful if you decide to pursue certification.

Is this program all online or do I get books?

The program content is delivered to students via online lessons and textbook.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Ready to Get Started?

Turn your passion for compassion into a meaningful career. Let Madison’s social services assistant training help you get your start. Why wait? Call 1-800-600-6253 or enroll online today.

Career Outlook Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social and Human Service Assistants (March 7, 2017).