Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate

Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate

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The Program is no longer accepting new students.

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The Program

alcohol and drug counseling 2The Certificate Program in Alcohol/Drug Counseling consists of eleven (11) courses designed to prepare individuals for entry into the substance abuse counseling field at a professional level. The certificate is widely recognized by alcohol treatment centers. Abuse of many kinds of substances is covered, including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and pcp. Also covered are process addiction (such as eating disorders, gambling, and sex addictions) and domestic violence.

Eligibility Requirements

Students may enter the program in either the Fall or Spring Semester. Applicants should have completed at least two years of college or have at least two years of work experience in a health or human service agency. If the applicant is a recovering substance abuser, two years of continuous sobriety is required. Prospective students must complete an application form and supply transcripts and letters of recommendation.

The Certificate

alcohol and drug counseling 4Upon satisfactory completion of all 11 (eleven) courses with a 2.5 grade point average, and 300 hours of field work, the student will receive a Certificate as recognition of educational achievement and professional status. The Certificate is widely recognized by alcoholism treatment centers. Students who successfully complete the certificate are eligible to apply for the CATC Basic Credential through California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) and for the RADT-I Credential through California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).

Coursework must be completed within five years of beginning the program.

  Note: Once you have completed all the courses in the certificate, you may apply to receive the certificate


Fees are listed on the schedule. Fees must be paid before classes begin, and are subject to change.

Financial Aid

The program is not eligible for Federal Student Aid. However, private student loans may be available through Sallie Mae Career Training at 1-888-2-SALLIE or online at

  Out of work and need training? This program is approved for funding through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act.
Visit the America's Job Center website for more information.

Additionally, the College of Extended and International Education Registration Office may be able to arrange a payment plan for your courses. Please contact the CEIE Registration office at 310-243-3741 for more information.


Classes are held weeknights on the CSU, Dominguez Hills, campus in Carson. Alcohol and Drug Counseling classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.


  • Veronica Bobe-Kollmeyer, M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Addiction Specialist, Domestic Violence Counselor, Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor
  • Jocella Collins, MSW, CADC II, Anger Management Professional II, Grief Recovery Method Certified, CCAPP Instructor, and Certified Addictions Specialist with over 16 years experience as an Outpatient Unit Drug and Alcohol Counselor (AADAP, Inc.)
  • Jean Hendricks, Ph.D., is in private practice in Manhattan Beach
  • Timothy Hutson, MA. Addiction Specialist with 32 years of counseling experience. Director of the Adolescent Education Program, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (South Bay)
  • Victoria Scott, MS, CADII, LAADC has over 19 years of clinical experience in addiction treatment and behavioral health
  • Toni B. White, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and has a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from CSUDH
  • Dario L. Ghio, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Executive Director, Harbor Area Counseling Services

Advisory Board

  • Craig Burazin, Director of Rehabilitation Services, The Salvation Army
  • Mari Conti, Program Coordinator, Masada Homes
  • Chuck Kalajkovic, Clinical Director, Drivers Benefits Inc.
  • Terese Lang, Primary Counselor, Thelma McMillen Center, Torrance Memorial
  • Barbara Smith, Program Director, NCADD, South Bay   
  • Bob Tyler, Director of Operations, Twin Town Treatment Centers and immediate past president for CAADAC

Program Verifications

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Have questions about the program?  Call 310-243-2075 (M-F) or email


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