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Alcohol & Drug Studies Department

Specialist in Alcohol & Drug Studies

This program provides academic preparation and field experience for individuals employed, or preparing for employment, as alcohol and drug abuse counselors. To earn a certificate the student must complete the core courses and selected courses from each section as designated. The program is accredited by the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators and designed to meet the certification requirements for both the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) and the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and other state certifying bodies. Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree should meet with an academic and/or transfer counselor to discuss transfer requirements.


  • Students have opportunities within the classroom and in facility settings to gain and utilize knowledge and skills.
  • Students are allowed to select from a variety of options in many of the content areas for individual interest, ability, and experiential background.
  • Employment is available in a variety of public and private agencies, inpatient and outpatient settings, crisis intervention centers, and employee assistance programs.
  • Students acquire a broad base of knowledge in the field of chemical dependency and counseling techniques to work with individuals and the chemical-dependent family.
  • Transfer credit is available to California State Universities and private universities.
  • Students completing the program must demonstrate academic competence, professional growth, maturity, and the ethical standards expected to work within the profession.

For further information about this program, please contact:

Benjamin C. Salazar Jr., M.S., P.P.S., C.A.T.C.
Program Director
Alcohol & Drug Studies Department
(818) 240-1000, ext. 5513