Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Technology and Health Division
Certificate T2101

Upon completion of the required courses with a grade of “C” or better, a Certificate in Alcohol/Drug Studies will be awarded by the Technology and Health Division.

Required Courses

Course PrefixCourse NameUnits
AD 1Alcohol/Drug Dependency3
AD 2Physiological Effects of Alcohol/Drugs3
AD 3Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery3
AD 4Issues in Domestic Violence3
AD 5Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education1.5
AD 6Dual Diagnosis3
Skill Courses
AD 8Group Process and Leadership3
AD 9Family Counseling3
AD 10Client Record and Documentation1.5
AD 11Techniques of Intervention and Referral3
Field Work Courses
AD 13Internship/Seminar4
AD 14Advanced Internship/Seminar4
Choose 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
Marriage and the Family - Honors
Child Development
Total Units41

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Website 

Selection Procedure

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

Special Instructions

Restricted Electives must be taken prior to enrollment in Field Experience and can be taken in conjunction with core and skills courses.

Working Environment

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
  • Regularly 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

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

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.
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