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Alcohol and Drug Studies

ADS Graduation

The ADS program addresses community needs for trained alcohol and other drug specialists to work and volunteer in both public and private agencies in the Bay Area and across the State of California. Pictured right is an ADS graduation ceremony.


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Career opportunities in this field include:

  • Primary Addiction Counselor/Supervisor
  • Case Manager
  • Program Director
  • Prevention Educator
  • Co-occurring Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Criminal Justice Addiction Counselor
  • Assessment/Placement Specialist

Other opportunities

Include working with adolescents, seniors, multicultural populations, and those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Students who are awarded a certificate may be employed by:

  • In-patient and out-patient treatment clinics
  • Mental health clinics
  • Job training/placement programs
  • Shelters for various homeless populations
  • Detoxification units
  • Crisis intervention centers
  • Criminal justice programs
  • DUI programs
  • Education/prevention programs in schools and community

For more information on Art Degrees & Certificates:  ALCOHOL & DRUG STUDIES DEGREES & CERTIFICATES


L​earning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competent performance of the Twelve Core Functions and Global Criteria in their Supervised Practicum placements, evidenced by written supervisor review in both Supervised Practicum A and B.
  • By the completion of the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program, students will clearly identify themselves as professional counselors, committed to the CADAC Ethical standards as evidenced by completion of the Ethics and Professional Developmental course, and the signed Ethics Code submitted in the Supervised Practicum A and B course.
  • Analyze and describe the physiological and pharmacological aspects of substance abuse and dependence. This includes how drugs affect different body system, cause side effects, and impacts the community as a whole.
  • Demonstrate the ability to competently conduct and follow a client from the point of program entry to discharge, and complete all treatment planning and case management connected to that case.