The addiction counseling studies Associate Degree is designed to prepare individuals for work in alcohol, drug, and other addictions counseling. The program emphasizes a public health approach that addresses community, social, and individual level factors in addiction while providing certificate candidates with a strong background in treatment modalities, health education and prevention, professional and ethical responsibilities, and client advocacy. Courses are sequenced based on knowledge and skills that are acquired as students move through the program. Students must complete internship coursework and fieldwork with a state-licensed substance abuse services agency. The degree requires the completion of 39 major-specific units and 60 unites total. Each course for this degree must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Some courses within the major have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the Department Chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please see a counselor for more information about the Prerequisite Challenge process.
Projected enrollment is approximately 20 to 40 students annually, which includes Cerro Coso's campuses in KRV, IWV, EKC, and ESCC. The Associate degree estimates 15-20 completions per year beginning in 2024.
The addiction counseling studies program is a new occupational program at Cerro Coso Community College. This program will give new dimension to the vocational programs of the college and will increase the offering of related psychology and human services courses.
According to the Occupational Employment and Wages Data for Kern County in 2018, based on the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, Cerro Coso College's service area of Kern County can expect a high increase of jobs related to substance use and abuse treatment. Job titles include alternative occupational titles, such as substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors, mental health and substance abuse social workers, and health educators (just to name a few).
Each course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
(Y1 or S1)
|ADST C101||Introduction to Addiction Studies||3.0||S1|
|ADST C102x||Physiological Effects of Addiction||3.0||S1|
|ADST C103X||Addiction Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery||3.0||S1|
|ADST C104x||Co-occurring Disorders||3.0||S1|
|ADST C105x||Counseling Skills in Addiction Treatment||3.0||S2|
|ADST C106x||Law and Ethics in Addiction Counseling||3.0||S2|
|ADST C107x||Family Dynamics of Addiction||3.0||S2|
|ADST C108x||Case Management in Addiction Counseling||3.0||S2|
|ADST C109x||Group Treatment||3.0||S2|
|ADST C110x||Addiction Studies Field Experience||4.5||S3|
|ADST C111x||Addiction Studies Field Experience Seminar||2.5||S3|
|Choose one of the following electives:|
|HMSV C101||Introduction to Human Services||3.0||Y1|
|PSYC C101/PSYC C101H (honors)||General Psychology||3.0/4.0||Y1|
|SOCI C101||Introduction to Sociology||3.0||Y1|
|Follow one of the General Education Patterns to complete the remaining courses for the Associate Degree.|
Nicole Griffin · 06/01/22
Addiction Counseling Studies COA submitted and approved in 12/2021