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Human Services/Alcohol and Drug Studies 

The Alcohol and Drug Studies program is the study of chemical addiction and treatment. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in alcohol and drug studies commonly include supervised alcohol and drug counseling. Even students who choose not to major in alcohol and drug studies find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to understand the issues surrounding chemical dependency and treatment. Student learning outcomes include the ability to: recognize the philosophy, values, terminology, and practice of the field of addiction studies; describe and interpret theory and research in areas relating to addictive behavior in individuals, families; groups, and communities;  Identify and describe addiction-related social policy; and identify knowledge, skill, and attitudes as they apply to the roles and responsibilities of the helping profession.

The College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a non-transferable Associate of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies. The Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment as supervised chemical dependency counselors, as well as advancement toward the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) certification. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an Associate of Arts degree in the field. Past recipients of the COD Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol and Drug Studies have obtained positions as supervised chemical dependency counselors, locally and throughout California.

Upon completion of the HSAD program students will able to: transfer to a higher level learning institution; fulfill the requirements for an entry-level position in their field; apply critical thinking skills to execute daily duties in their area of employment; apply critical thinking skills to research, evaluate, analyze and synthesize information; demonstrate the skills and aptitude necessary to pass certification exams in their field; and exhibit effective written, oral communication and interpersonal skills.

Furthermore, students completing the entire HSAD program at College of the Desert will demonstrate competency in the following areas as related to the treatment of substance use disorders: individual, group and family counseling; case management; pharmacology; law and ethics; dual diagnosis; personal and professional development; and cultural competence.

Students earning an associate’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies may pursue entry level positions as supervised chemical dependency counselors or may choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree in psychology or social work.

Transfer requirements at four year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with an academic advisor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.​

Advisors:

Linda Emerson

Chris Jones

Requirements for Internship

  1. Completion of the COD HSAD application
  2. Completion of the eight core courses - HSAD 1, HSAD 2, HSAD 4, HSAD 20, HSAD 22, HSAD 24, HSAD 30, and HSAD 34 with a minimum of a “C”.
  3. Students who have completion of HSAD 036 will receive placement priority. 
  4. Course currency - completing the eight core courses within five years of applying for the internship OR currently working directly with clients at a substance abuse facility
  5. 24 months of continuous sobriety – required for placement in many facilities.
  6. There is a 75% attendance requirement for HSAD courses to earn credit.
  7. Many facilities require interns to have evidence of student registration with a certification organization: ex: CCAPP- Registered Alcohol Drug Trainee (RADT -1) at the students’ expense.
  8. LiveScan – background checks are also required by the majority of the facilities (at the students’ expense).
Please contact program advisors L. Emerson or C. Jones with questions and concerns.
For more information, please call 760-773-2574.


ALCOHOL AND DRUG STUDIES CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

​The Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment as supervised chemical dependency counselors, as well as advancement toward the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP and CAADE certification). Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an Associate of Arts degree in the field. Past recipients of the COD Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol and Drug Studies have obtained positions as supervised chemical dependency counselors, locally and throughout California.

All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. In addition, students will be required to have 75% attendance in these courses.

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
FALL SEMESTER
HSAD 1 Introduction To Alcohol & Drug Studies 3
HSAD 2 Intro To Human Services Counseling 3
HSAD 4 Personal & Professional Growth 2
HSAD 24 Law/Ethics: Community Resources 3
Note: HSAD 1 is a corequisite for HSAD 4, 20, 24, 30, 34, and 36. ​​
SPRING SEMESTER
HSAD 20 Biomedical Pharmacology 3
HSAD 22 Case Management 3
HSAD 30 Individual, Group & Family Counseling 3
HSAD 34 Dual Diagnosis 3
INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM (offered Fall and Spring)
HSAD 32A Alcohol & Drug: Supervised Practicum I 2
HSAD 32B Alcohol & Drug: Supervised Practicum II 2
HSAD 33A Alcohol & Drug Supervised Internship I 1
HSAD 33B Alcohol & Drug Supervised Internship II 1
​HSAD 95B​ Alcohol & Drug Work Experience (Maximum of 4 units
may be used for work experience​
​2,2
HSAD 36* Counseling Diverse Populations (Fall only) 3
*Please see item #3 under Requirements for Internship.
  CERTIFICATE TOTAL 36
  
 ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ALCOHOL AND DRUG STUDIES  

​The College offers a non-transferable Associate of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Students earning an associate’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies may pursue entry level positions as supervised chemical dependency counselors or may choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree in psychology or social work. Transfer requirements at four year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with an academic advisor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.

All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. In addition, students will be required to have 75% attendance in these courses.

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
FALL SEMESTER
HSAD 1 Introduction To Alcohol & Drug Studies 3
HSAD 2 Introduction To Human Services Counseling 3
HSAD 4 Personal & Professional Growth 2
HSAD 24 Law/Ethics: Community Responses 3
Note: HSAD 1 is a corequisite for HSAD 4, 20, 24, 30, 34, and 36.
SPRING SEMESTER
HSAD 20 Biomedical Pharmacology 3
HSAD 22 Case Management 3
HSAD 30 Individual, Group & Family Counseling 3
HSAD 34 Dual Diagnosis 3
INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM
HSAD 32A Alcohol & Drug: Supervised Practicum I 2
HSAD 32B Alcohol & Drug: Supervised Practicum II 2
HSAD 33A Alcohol & Drug Supervised Internship I 1
HSAD 33B Alcohol & Drug Supervised Internship II 1
HSAD 36* Counseling Diverse Populations (offered Fall semester only, can be taken while completing the internship) 3
​HSAD ​95B ​Alcohol and Drug Work Experience (​maximum of 4 units may be used for work experience) ​2, 2
*Please see item #3 under Requirements for internship.
Electives - 6 units to be chosen from the following courses:
PSY 3 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 7 Positive Psychology 3
PSY 10 Psychological Aspects/Marriage & Family 3
COMM 9 Introduction To Interpersonal Communication 3
  Required Subtotal 36
  Elective Subtotal 6
  COD General Education Pattern* 18
Kinesiology Activities 2
  DEGREE TOTAL 62
*Recommended Courses: PSY 1, PSY 3, and PSY 10​ ​ ​

Certification Options

The above courses prepare students for the state accepted certification options listed below.
Please contact the agencies directly with specific questions.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) - www.ccapp.us

Requirements for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-1)
  • Passing grade on the ICRC examination
  • 315 hours of alcohol drug education
  • 255 hours of supervised practicum/internship
  • 4000 hours of supervised work experience as an alcohol and drug counselor 

California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) – www.caade.org

Requirements for certification - Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC)
  • Passing grade on the examination
  • 2240 supervised clinical hours at a State Licensed AOD facility (which include the hours completed in your field experience/practicum/fieldwork class at college and any supervised/verifiable work at a State Licensed AOD facility, dating back 5 years from when you apply for initial certification).