Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program
The Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program is designed to help individuals acquire the skills and certification necessary to counsel those who suffer from the effects of substance abuse.
University of the Pacific's Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program gives you the knowledge and experience to become certified in substance abuse counseling. Our program meets the educational and training requirements established according to regulations from the State of California Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Programs. It was developed by the Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) in conjunction with professionals and experts in the field of substance abuse.
Scope of Training
The University of the Pacific's Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program is designed to provide participants with the skills necessary to counsel clients in the recovery process. Topics and skills include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, and community resources. Special issues are addressed including sexual harassment, gender, aging, disabilities, cultural differences, and co-occurring disorders.
Curriculum and training stress a full continuum of treatment, focusing on issues involving the individual, the family, the community and the environment; relapse prevention; short and long-term effects of substance abuse; and techniques for improving the client's quality of life. The program consists of 16 total units of instruction taken sequentially in either the classroom or online format. Each course is 45 hours of instruction and two extended education units of elective credit (eight of these units may be applicable towards an undergraduate degree at Pacific).
Classroom courses meet on weeknights. Online courses will be 6 weeks, occasionally requiring synchronous interaction. For both programs, students take 2 classes at a time.
In addition to the coursework, students are required to complete 300 hours (255 site, 45 classroom) of supervised internship in order to receive our certificate. Previous internship or experience cannot be counted toward these 300 hours. We recommend you complete the program within six months but it must be completed within three years. If requirements and/or courses have changed during an absence in your attendance, repeating of some classes may be required.
Students are required to begin the program with XSAP 150 Introduction to Addiction Counseling. Accumulated internship hours may not be done until after the classroom portion is completed and a passing grade is earned in XSAP 157.
CPCE also offers our Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program online! Through the use of Canvas, students can now get the education they want without leaving their home. Online courses run for 6 weeks, opening on Mondays and closing on Sundays. Two classes are offered at a time. Students will not be entered in the class until payment has been received. We suggest you register at least 3 days prior to the start date so there will be no delay in class entry or late fee accessed. All coursework can be taken online at this time. Internships can be accepted in your local area with approval from the Program Director.
University of the Pacific is an approved school through CCAPP - California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. All education content used for CCAPP certification is reviewed autonomously by the CCAPP Education Institute, which is the education board for CCAPP Сredentialing. Upon completion of our Substance Abuse Program you will have satisfied the education and experience requirements to meet CCAPP's Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC-I).