Certificate in Addiction Studies


CPAS - Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate in Addiction Studies

Meeting the Increasing Demand for Addiction Professionals

Sadly, in today’s society, addiction to both substances (alcohol, drugs) and behaviors (sex, shopping, gambling) has never been more prevalent. As a result, there is an overwhelming need for trained professionals, skilled in working with addicted individuals. To meet this demand, CalSouthern offers its Certificate in Addiction Studies.

The certificate was designed by CalSouthern faculty mentors who are recognized experts in the field of addiction and who have decades of practical experience. The curriculum is innovative and cutting-edge, focusing on multiple perspectives of the addiction process, strategies to prevent relapse, state-of-the-art intervention techniques, ethics, communication skills unique to substance abuse treatment, and even the roles and responsibilities of an addictions treatment case manager.

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Addiction Studies has been fully approved by, and meets the educational requirements for the two “gold standards” in addiction counseling: the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). With CAADAC and/or NAADAC certification, you qualify for a wide range of chemical dependency counseling positions in California and across the nation.

Since the Certificate in Addiction Studies is a pre-baccalaureate program, a college degree is not required for acceptance, although even graduate-level learners have chosen to enroll. Once enrolled in the program, you’ll be mentored on a one-to-one basis by dedicated faculty mentors who are also experienced professionals in the treatment of addiction.

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The Certificate in Addiction Studies integrates theory and the practical application of skills necessary to work within the field of substance-related and addictive disorders. The curriculum in the Certificate in Addiction Studies focuses on relevant topics within the field, including theories of addiction, current intervention strategies, ethics, communication skills, the roles and responsibilities of a case manager, documentation, the recovery process and relapse prevention. The certificate is approved by and meets the educational requirements for both the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP, formerly known as CAADAC) and the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). A minimum grade of “C” in all courses is required to receive the certificate. Please contact CCAPP, NADAAC or your appropriate state addictions certifying entity for more information on the certification process.

The objectives of the Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Addiction Studies are to:
  • Develop an understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge of addiction, and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain and body.
  • Provide learners with a basic knowledge of addictive behavior to better understand and treat individuals with addictive disorders.
  • Provide learners with a critically examined value system and professional code of ethics essential to the practice of substance abuse counseling.
  • Improve the learner’s analytical and critical thinking skills by providing an understanding of theory and applications as related to the process of addiction.
  • Enable learners to integrate formal academic learning with personal experiences so that learning becomes meaningful, personalized and relates to one’s professional and practical needs.
  • Promote the development of an appreciation for leadership and case management skills critical to the success in a multicultural and diverse environment to function as an effective addiction professional.

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

California Southern University provides the educational requirements for certification as a drug and alcohol counselor in the state of California. Since certification requirements change periodically, learners are advised that they may need to modify their degree plan to conform to current requirements. Learners should maintain contact with California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC) and National Certification Commission (NCC) to remain informed about all certification requirements. A copy of the current California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP, formerly known as CAADAC) and the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) regulations may be obtained by contacting the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC) and Nation Certification Commission (NCC) respectively.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP, formerly known as CAADAC).
3400 Bradshaw Road, Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95827 916.368.9412
www.ccapp.us

National Certification Commission
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite #201
Alexandria, VA 22314 703.741.7686 or 800.548.0497
www.naadac.org

The Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed to provide learners with skills necessary to work as supervised chemical dependency counselors, as well as advancement toward certification. With this certification, learners may obtain entry-level positions such as chemical dependency counselors, locally and throughout California or they may choose to continue their studies in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree in psychology or further certification.

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