The Addiction Studies degree and/or certificate program is designed for students pursuing employment as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor, also called Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC’s), in the State of California. AOD Counselors help individuals deal with substance abuse and dependency issues. AOD Counselors can work in private non-profit and/or public substance abuse treatment agencies. The academic program follows the standards for the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) which certifies educational programs. It incorporates the Addiction Counseling Competencies published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Administration (www.samhsa.gov)
Career Opportunities in Human Services and Addiction Studies
Multiple career opportunities are available as: Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency Case Managers, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselors, various Treatment Facilities Counselors, and other related areas.
Projected job openings in the State of California and Nation-Wide have significantly increased.