Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies
Note: The Addiction Studies Certificate is only offered on our Bay Area Campus in San Jose.

The Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed to develop an individual’s professional skills for a variety of roles in the field of addiction. Students selecting this program will gain the critical skills needed to provide intervention, counseling, detox referrals, and to facilitate groups in recovery programs. Students may find employment in employee assistance programs, DUI programs, missions, church and parachurch ministries, education and prevention programs, and within counseling agencies that specialize in addiction recovery. With continued educational preparation and experience, individuals may advance to management and administration and clinical supervision roles in addiction agencies.

This 30 unit program prepares students for success in obtaining certification with the California Association of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and/or the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) . Upon completion of the WJU certificate, students will have fulfilled the CAADAC and CAADE classroom and internship requirements and will be prepared for CAADAC and CAADE examination. Once individuals have passed the exam, they will be certified as Alcohol and Drug Counselor Associates with CAADAC and/or Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) with CAADE . Experience in the field provides opportunities for advancement.

Students who choose to complete this program will also have the opportunity to continue their education by transferring in to the Psychology program. This program offers a Bachelor of Science degree, further enhancing the individual’s qualifications for leadership roles in the mental health professions. Academic counselors are available to assist students in planning that next step phase of their education if they choose to continue.