Addiction Studies: Certificate of Achievement

The Addiction Studies certificate program is designed for students pursuing employment as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor, also called Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC’s), in the State of California. AOD Counselors help individuals deal with substance abuse and dependency issues. The program follows the standards for CCAPP which certifies educational programs. It incorporates the Addiction Counseling Competencies published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Administration (

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the composition, physical and cognitive effects, addictive factors, and symptoms of withdrawal and overdose of commonly abused substances.
  2. Assess accurately persons using substances by identifying risk factors and behaviors to facilitate appropriate prevention, treatment, and referrals in the community.
  3. Use evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for clients and families from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.\
  4. Identify ethical and legal requirements for professional development.
Degree Requirements 
Required Courses
ADS-100Law and Ethics3
ADS-120Introduction to Addiction Studies3
ADS-123Counseling Theories and Techniques3
ADS-125Personal and Professional Growth3
ADS-127Case Management in Addiction Studies3
ADS-135Pharmacology and the Physiological Effects of Addiction3
ADS-193Supervised Practicum for Addiction Studies 13.5
ADS-194Supervised Practicum in Addiction Studies 23.5
HSRV-120Introduction to Human Services3
HSRV-124Working With Diverse Populations3
Total Units31