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Feb. 2, 2010
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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Beginning this fall, Viterbo University will offer addiction studies as its newest major.

“There is a growing need for professionals with training in substance abuse,” said Debra Murray, chair of the psychology department who directs the substance abuse education programs at Viterbo University. “This program is specifically designed for working adults, with course offerings on evenings and weekends.”

The addiction studies program at Viterbo University is designed as a degree completion program for students who have a two-year degree, have earned college credits, or are seeking a second degree. Viterbo’s addiction studies major will enhance students’ preparation for careers in psychology, human services, criminal justice, ministry, health care, education, business, and other fields.

Since 1997, the Viterbo psychology department has offered coursework approved at the state level for substance abuse education. Currently, the Viterbo psychology department is an approved pre-certification substance abuse counselor education program. The new addiction studies program will utilize the national standards for the substance abuse field. The addiction studies major is available as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

Substance abuse is a multi-faceted issue that negatively impacts individuals, families, institutions, and society, leading to a need for individuals who are passionate about reducing substance abuse, Murray said.

The university will hold an information session on the addiction studies major Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Viterbo Reinhart Center Board Room. A reception begins at 4 p.m. with the information session to follow from 5–6:30 p.m. To RSVP for this event or for more information, contact Darcie Mueller, program administrator for the School of Graduate, Professional, and Adult Education at 608-796-3089 or

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