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The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate is designed to meet California state standards for certification of alcohol and drug abuse counselors. This undergraduate certificate program is approved by CAADAC education foundation CA Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals. This program may not meet the requirements for certification in other states.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Establish professional relationships with diverse clients with alcohol and drug abuse and/or dependence issues.
- Demonstrate entry level counseling skills in working with individuals, groups, and families relative to alcohol and drug abuse and/or dependence issues.
- Assess and diagnose clients using DSM IV-TR alcohol and drug abuse and dependence criteria.
- Develop a treatment plan based on a biopsychosocial assessment of the individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs.
- Develop case management plans for clients that bring services, agencies, resources, or people together with a planned framework of action.
- Adhere to established professional codes of ethics and standards of practice.
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