Substance Abuse Counselor, Certificate of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate, the student demonstrates skills, knowledge, and training to counsel with people in recovery, while under the supervision of licensed professionals. Skills learned include but are not limited to: an understanding of substance abuse counseling techniques; the impact of drugs on society; interviewing skills that maximize the information obtained from clients necessary to determining needs and services; assessment and evaluation; relapse prevention; the ability to prepare case plans; an understanding of the basic aims and processes involved in facilitating groups; an understanding of the basic process of individual counseling and problem solving, and an understanding of the basic principles and methods related to working with family systems. Students completing the course work are eligible to take the California State exam to become a certified substance abuse counselor. Note there are several licensing boards. If you want to be CAADAC certified, you will need to complete an additional 65 internship hours in an approved facility.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will have the knowledge and requirements to take the state certification upon completion of the program. This will be assessed through the courses in the program.
  2. Upon completion of certificate requirements students will be qualified to obtain entry level employment in the industry. This will be tracked via local industry input.

Core Requirements

Complete 39 units

PSYCH 001

Introduction to Psychology

3

PSYCH 007

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYCH 008

Drug and Alcohol: Community Overview, Awareness, and Prevention Strategies

3

PSYCH 009

Psychology: Issues of Diversity

3

PSYCH 010

Communicable Disease Awareness in Counseling

2

PSYCH 011

Assessment for Treatment Planning

3

PSYCH 013

Professional Ethics in Counseling

3

PSYCH 016

Introduction to Counseling Skills

3

PSYCH 017

Introduction to Counseling Theories (Individual, Group & Family)

3

PSYCH 040

Case Management and Treatment Planning

3

PSYCH 045A/ SOCIO 045A

Beginning Field Practicum

2

PSYCH 045B/ SOCIO 045B

Intermediate Field Practicum

2

PSYCH 052

Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling

3

PSYCH 053

Drugs and Society

3

Additional Requirements:

  • Internship: A minimum of 160* supervised intern hours in a California State licensed substance abuse facility. *California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) requires 255 hours.
  • Internship: A minimum of 255 supervised intern hours in a substance abuse facility. May be accrued from paid work experience, volunteer work or through enrollment in the SJDC Work Experience Program.

Minimum Units Required: 39

Complete each course with a grade of "C" or better.