Alcohol/Drug Counseling, AS

Technology and Health Division
Degree S2101

In this program the student integrates theory and practical experience in developing skills necessary to work with the alcohol and drug abuse population as well as families and employers of chemically-dependent persons. The curriculum is designed to meet the credentialing requirements of the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators. Students who complete this option qualify for employment in a variety of chemical-dependent settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Be technically competent to safely practice as an entry-level alcohol & drug counselor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical & legal requirements for alcohol & drug counselors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and achieve entry-level professional goals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and achieve entry-level professional goals.
  • Demonstrate competency in basic counseling skills commensurate with an entry level practitioner in the addictions counseling field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess, intervene, and refer clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder to appropriate resources.
  • Students completing the certificate/associates degree program will demonstrate the ability to prepare and develop professional treatment plans and other clinical documentation.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

AD 1Alcohol/Drug Dependency 3
AD 2Physiological Effects of Alcohol/Drugs 3
AD 3Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery 3
AD 4Issues in Domestic Violence 3
AD 5Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education 1.5
AD 6Dual Diagnosis 3
Skill Courses
AD 8Group Process and Leadership 3
AD 9Family Counseling 3
AD 10Client Record and Documentation 1.5
AD 11Techniques of Intervention and Referral 3
Field Work Courses
AD 13Internship/Seminar 4
AD 14Advanced Internship/Seminar 4
Select two from the following:6
Child Growth and Lifespan Development
Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology - Honors
Marriage and the Family
Child Development
Total Units41

Eligibility Requirements

  • File a College application and be accepted as a student at Mt. San Antonio College.

Selection Procedures

  • All classes are open to all students who meet admission requirements and course prerequisites.

Special Instructions

  1. Restricted Electives must be taken prior to enrollment in Field Experience
  2. Restricted Electives can be taken in conjunction with core and skills courses
  3. Refer to Schedule of Credit Classes for sequence of courses
  4. For questions, call the division office at (909) 274-7500, ext.4750

Working Environment

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
  • May be exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
  • Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes
  • Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
  • Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
  • Subject to burns and cuts
  • Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
  • Handle emergency or crisis situations
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Requires decisions/actions related to end of life issues
  • Exposed to products containing latex
  • Exposed to highly charged emotional environment which can be stressful intense

English Language Skills

Although proficiency in English is not a criterion for admission, students are encouraged to be able to speak, write and read English to complete classes successfully and to ensure safety for themselves and others.

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling program is accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators.

California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators
5230 Clark Avenue, Suite 3
Lakewood, CA 90712
(707) 722-2331
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