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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate

UCSD Extension's Professional Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling provides the comprehensive course work and training needed to succeed in a very challenging and demanding career in the healthcare field. The program is designed for individuals interested in getting starting the field, as well as those working in it. NOTE: Individuals entering the program should have at least one year of sobriety, if applicable. Having less than that will make it very difficult to secure a practicum site, which could significantly delay or prevent completion of the program.
The program covers the essential areas of

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Recovery
  • Treatment team coordination
  • Counseling
  • Community services
  • Group leadership

Practicum
A practicum is also required to earn the certificate. In order to participate in it, you must have minimally completed the following courses (preferably all courses should be completed first):

  • Chemical Dependency I
  • Chemical Dependency II
  • Law and Ethics for Addiction Professionals
  • Applied Skills for Group Dynamics and Facilitation
  • Case Management

The practicum consists of 255 hours of field work during which you also accrue 45 hours of instruction by attending workshops and other educational opportunities as directed by the practicum coordinator.

You may begin the practicum in any quarter. Contact the program representative, 858-534-9265, to get started. You are responsible for obtaining a practicum site; however, the practicum coordinator can provide suggestions. In addition to the guidance provided by the coordinator, you will also work under a site supervisor. You have one year to complete the requirements, although most students complete in much less. To extend completion time beyond one year requires students to enroll again for the full fee.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses (All courses are required.)
Cultural, Social, and Historical Overview of Alcohol and Drug Related Problems
FPM-40552
3
L      
Introduction to Counseling Models
PSY-40346
3
L      
Chemical Dependency I: Disease, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Pharmacology, Recovery
PSY-40214
3
L      
Chemical Dependency II: Intervention, Treatment, Management, Patient Health Promotion, and Recovery
PSY-40215
3
  L    
Case Management: Assessment, Orientation, and Treatment
PSY-40377
3
  L    
Applied Skills for Group Dynamics and Facilitation
PSY-40070
3
  L    
Dual Diagnosis: The Synergism of Chemical Dependency and Psychiatric Illness
PSY-40221
2
    L  
Prevention and Public Consequences of Substance Abuse
FPM-40054
2
    L  
Advanced Intervention
PSY-40213
2
    L  
Law and Ethics for Addiction Professionals
FPM-40536
1
Schedule Varies
Crisis Intervention: Theory and Practical Skills
FPM-40345
2
      L
Basic and Advanced Counseling Skills and Characteristics
PSY-40374
1
      L
Practicum for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
PSY-40321
5
L L L L
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $60 Apply Now!
Contact: Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences, 858-534-9262
Email: unexhealthcare@ucsd.edu

Conditions for Admission

CAADAC does not have an academic degree requirement related to associate-level certification, which Extension’s certificate program prepares individuals for. Therefore, Extension doesn’t have academic prerequisites related to the certificate, with the exception of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Complete the application and pay application fee.

Certificate Guidelines

To earn the certificate you must complete 33 (quarter) units of study consisting of 13 required courses including a practicum.

To receive credit toward CAADAC certification you must enroll in courses for a letter grade. For the certificate, a grade of C- or better is required in all courses. Of course, As and Bs are looked upon more favorably by CAADAC during the portfolio review.

In addition to meeting Extension's unit requirement to earn the certificate, the course work/practicum also meet the educational and training requirements of the California Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors (CCBADC) to obtain the Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Associate (CADCA) designation (see below).

State Requirements

To become a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor Associate (CADCA), you must successfully complete the certificate program and pass the portfolio review and written examination of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). The first step in earning the CADCA designation is to download the certification manual, which contains the academic requirements, procedures, forms, portfolio and examination schedules, and fees. To download the manual, go to the CAACAC website: caadac.org and click on "Forms/Docs."

Advisors

Al Feliciano, M.A., CADC
Program Director
Vietnam Veterans of San Diego

John C. Seaman, M.A., CADC
Interventionist and Counselor
Scripps Memorial Hospital McDonald Center

Jerry Synold, M.A., CADC, CCS
Deputy Director
Naval Drug & Alcohol Counseling School