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Student must successfully complete CAS 154 prior to be accepted into the Addiction Treatment Services minor.

Two minors in addiction services are available through the Center for the Application of Substance Abust Technologies (CASAT). All students are introduced to the field of addiction services via the overview courses of CAS 154 and CAS 255. At that point, students apply for and designate which minor they are pursuing-Addiction Treatment Services or Substance Abuse Prevention Services. The treatment minor is especially suited to students majoring in psychology, social work, criminal justice, and nursing while the prevention minor is particularly suited to students majoring in human development and family studies, education, psychology, and sociology. There is also an undergraduate treatment services certificate available for students who already have a bachlor's degree or do not wish to pursue but seek addiction information for their chosen careers.

Formal acceptance into a minor or certificate program is required in order for students to take coursework at the 300 or 400 level. An additional application process is required for acceptance into the internship, CAS 464. Applications are due by April 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester. All applications are available through the CASAT office at 800 Haskell or by calling the department at (775) 784-6265.

Course Sequence & Class Descriptions

Addiction Treatment Services Minor-18 credits

  • CAS 154-Problems of Substance Abuse and Addiction (3 credits)
  • CAS 254-Bio/Psycho/Social Factors in Addiction (3 credits)
  • CAS 255-Substance Abuse Prevention (3 credits)
  • CAS 354-Addiction Treatment I (3 credits)
  • CAS 355-Individual and Group Treatment of Addiction (3 credits)
  • CAS 454-Addiction Treatment II (3 credits)

Addiction Treatment Services Certificate- 21 credits

  • All of the courses listed for the minor (18 credits)


  • CAS 464-Internship in Addiction Treatment and Prevention (3 credits)

Substance Abuse Prevention Services Minor- 18 credits (Not currently being offered)

  • CAS 154-Problems of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
  • CAS 255-Substance Abuse Prevention (3 credits)
  • CAS 340-Prevention Program Planning Research, and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • CAS 353-Substance Abuse Prevention Theory and Praxis (3 credits)
  • CAS 453-Applied Substance Abuse Prevention Practice (3 credits)
  • CAS 438-Children and Families in a Muliethnic Society (3 credits)

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Meri L. Shadley, Ph.D., MFT, LADC
UNR – CASAT – Mail Stop 279
775-784-6265 e-mail: