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One of the first, and best, of its kind in the U.S., the Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies can help you start a career in addictions counseling or enhance your counseling expertise. Developed in association with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, this certificate raises the quality of professionalism in addictions counseling. Following a three-level, developmental approach to the critical issues contributing to substance abuse, the curriculum begins with a thorough foundation in the biomedical, cultural, historical and psychological aspects of chemical dependency. It then covers the knowledge needed to work effectively in the field and culminates with intervention instruction, career-preparatory courses and internship options, providing practical experience to ensure you remain effective and positive in this demanding field. Learn the most current, evidence-based approaches to prevention, assessment, treatment and continuing care from UC Berkeley–approved instructors, who are leaders in the field. This drug and alcohol certificate program is approved by the California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP), the educational board for California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC).

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Courses

Required Courses (Level I)You are expected to complete all courses within each level (in any order) before proceeding to the next level. Electives may be taken at any time.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
PB HLTH X126 Integrated Behavioral Pharmacology of Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders 2 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X128 Cultural, Social and Historical Overview of Addiction, Treatment and Recovery 2 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X129 Introduction to Counseling Techniques in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 1 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X127 Psychological Foundations of Addictions 2 Classroom Available
Required Courses (Level II)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
PB HLTH X143 Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Addictions Counseling 1 Classroom Available
PB HLTH 1004 Career Preparation and Self-Care in Working With Individuals With Substance Use Disorders 0.3 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X134 Continuing Care and Case Coordination in Addictions Treatment 2 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X132 Diagnosis and Assessment of People With Substance Use Disorders 2 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X151 Environmental Strategies for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug-Related Problems 1 Not Available
PB HLTH X116 Family Recovery in Addictions Treatment 1 Not Available
PB HLTH X144 Group Process and Practice in Addictions Treatment 1 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X135 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Addictions Counseling 1 Classroom Available
Required Courses (Level III)
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
PB HLTH X133 Counseling Interventions in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 3 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X109 Field Experience in Addictions Counseling 2 Classroom Available
PB HLTH X159 Field Experience in Addictions Counseling--CAADAC Option 3 Classroom Available
Electives
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
PB HLTH 1186 AA and Other Mutual Help Groups: How They Work 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1001 Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems in the Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders 0.6 Not Available
PB HLTH 1002 Advanced Group Therapy Methods With Chemically Dependent Populations 1 Not Available
PB HLTH 1030 Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders 0.6 Not Available
PB HLTH 1007 Contemporary Perspectives in the Treatment of Addiction in Multicultural Populations 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1006 Co-Occurring Trauma and Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Harm-Reduction Perspective 1.2 Not Available
PB HLTH 1008 Counseling Techniques for Relapse Prevention With a Forensic Population: Probation and Parole 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1187 Drugs and the Brain: Biological Basis of Chemical Dependence 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1011 Family Interventions in the Treatment of Addicts and Their Families 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1035 Getting Up to Date: The New ASAM Criteria, DSM-5 and Health Care Reform--Evolution or Revolution? 0.6 Classroom Available
PSYCH 1114 Integrating Mindfulness Into Your Professional Practice 0.7 Classroom Available
PB HLTH 1033 Launching Without Drugs Onboard: Preventing and Treating Adolescent/Young Adult Substance Abuse 6 Not Available
PB HLTH 1016 Medical Cannabis: Current Policy and Practice 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1031 Methamphetamine: Clinical Considerations in Treatment 0.6 Not Available
PB HLTH X136 Motivational Interviewing: A Hands-On Workshop for Addictions Counselors 1 Not Available
PSYCH 1115 A Narrative Therapy Approach to Trauma and Addiction 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1032 New Standards for Addictions Counselors Under the Affordable Care Act 0.6 Not Available
PSYCH 1100 Practical Clinical Psychopharmacology: From A to Z (Adderall to Caffeine to Zoloft) 0.7 Classroom Available
PB HLTH 1038 Prescription Drug Abuse 0.6 Classroom Available
PB HLTH 1025 Preventing and Responding to Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in the Workplace 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1020 Psychopharmacology Update 0.6 Not Available
PSYCH 1095 SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment 0.6 Not Available
PB HLTH 1022 Spiritual Dimensions of Chemical Dependency 0.7 Not Available
PB HLTH 1188 Treating Depression and Chemical Dependence in Older Adults 0.6 Not Available
PB HLTH 1037 Treatment Models for Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders Among Women 0.6 Not Available
PB HLTH 1024 The Use of Art Therapy in Addictions Treatment 0.7 Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

The Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies requires a high school diploma or equivalent and two years in recovery for individuals with a history of chemical dependency.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 14 required courses (21–22 semester units and 0.3 ceu) and an additional 18 hours of electives (1.8 ceu) for a total of 342 hours of instruction. If you choose the CAADAC field seminar option, there are a total of 357 hours of instruction. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

You must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 4.0 or higher. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

You should register for the certificate before you complete your second course in the curriculum.

Evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent is required to register. Mail an official transcript to:

UC Berkeley Extension
Behavioral Health Sciences Dept.
1995 University Ave., Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $5,800 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-alcoholdrug@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-1061. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Advisory Board

Raul Caetano, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Dallas, TX

Peter Cusimano, CADC II, SAP, MATS, ICADC, BAART
Counselor, San Mateo Clinic and Director, CAADAC, Region, 4C

Denise Herd, Ph.D.
Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Martha Jessup, R.N., Ph.D.
Associate Adjunct Professor, UC San Francisco School of Nursing

Lee Kaskutas, Dr.P.H.
Senior Scientist, Alcohol Research Group and Senior Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Peter Manoleas, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Community Mental Health, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

Stephan Ricol
American Indian Health Center, San Francisco and CAADAC Board Member

Bob Saltz, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Prevention Research Group, Berkeley

Wayne Schilling, CAADAC
Former UC Extension Certificate student

James Stillwell
Manager, Community Substance Abuse Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Jimmie Turner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, John F. Kennedy University (current instructor)

Joan Zweben, Ph.D.
Executive Director, East Bay Recovery Project