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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.
 
The College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a non-transferable Associate of Arts 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 Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), CAADE, and CAARR 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. 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 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 grade of “C”.
3.   Students who have completion of HSAD 36 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.
 
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
A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all courses for the certificate. In addition, students will be required to have 75% attendance in these courses.
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
FALL SEMESTER
HSAD 1 Intro to Alcohol/Drug Studies (offered Fall and Spring) 3
HSAD 2 Intro to Human Services Counseling 3
HSAD 4 Personal & Professional Growth 2
HSAD 24 Law/Ethics: Community Responses 3
Note: HSAD 1, Intro to Alcohol/Drug Studies, is a prerequisite for other HSAD courses.
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 Supervised Practicum I 2
HSAD 32B Supervised Practicum II 2
HSAD 33A Supervised Internship I 3
HSAD 33B Supervised Internship II 3
HSAD 36* Counseling Diverse Populations (Fall only) 3
*Please see item #3 under Requirements for Internship.
  CERTIFICATE TOTAL 36
 

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

 

California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC)www.caadac.org

Requirements for certification - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
 

• Passing grade on the examination

• 300 hours of alcohol drug education

• Supervised practicum (300 hours - 45 hours of in-classroom participation and 255 internship)
 

• 6000 hours or 3 years supervised work experience as an alcohol and drug counselor

 

California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR)www.caarr.org

Requirements for certification - Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)
 

• Passing grade on the examination

• 200 hours of approved alcohol and drug education

• Supervised practicum of 160 hours at an approved agency

• 2080 hours or one year of supervised work experience as an alcohol 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).
 

Breining Institute in Northern California - www.breining.edu

Requirements for certification - Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS)
 

• 155 hrs. formal alcohol or drug classroom education

• 160 hours supervised alcohol or drug training

• 2,080 or more hours work experience providing counseling services in an alcohol or drug or similar program.
 
 
ALCOHOL AND DRUG STUDIES ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE
for Employment Preparation
 
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
FALL SEMESTER
HSAD 1 Intro to Alcohol/Drug Studies (offered Fall & Spring) 3
HSAD 2 Intro to Human Services Counseling 3
HSAD 4 Personal & Professional Growth 2
HSAD 24 Law/Ethics: Community Responses 3
Note: HSAD 1, Intro to Alcohol/Drug Studies, is a prerequisite for other HSAD courses.
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 Supervised Practicum I 2
HSAD 32B Supervised Practicum II 2
HSAD 33A Supervised Internship I 3
HSAD 33B Supervised Internship II 3
HSAD 36* Counseling Diverse Populations (offered Fall semester only) 3
*Please see item #3 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 of Marriage & Family 3
SP 1 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3
  Required Subtotal 36
  Elective Subtotal 6
  COD General Education Pattern* 18
Kinesiology (PE) Activities 2
  DEGREE TOTAL 62
*Recommended Courses: PSY1, PSY 3 and PSY 10​ ​ ​