Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Technology and Health Division
Certificate T2101

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.   

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
AD 2Physiological Effects of Alcohol and Drugs3
AD 3Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery3
AD 4Issues in Domestic Violence3
AD 5Chemical Dependency: Prevention and Education1.5
AD 6Dual Diagnosis3
AD 8Group Process and Leadership3
AD 9Family Counseling3
AD 10Client Record and Documentation1.5
AD 11Techniques of Intervention and Referral3
AD 15AIntroduction to Laws and Ethics for Addictions Counselors1
AD 15BLaw and Ethics For Addictions Counselors1
AD 1Alcohol and Drug Dependency3
Variable Unit Course. Complete 4 units in 1 or 2 semesters 4
Work Experience in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Required Electives
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
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Marriage and the Family
Marriage and the Family - Honors
Child Development
Total Units39

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Website 

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

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

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.

Contact:
California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators
5230 Clark Avenue, Suite 3
Lakewood, CA 90712
(707) 722-2331
www.caade.org

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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