Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program is designed to help individuals acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to counsel those who live with the effects of substance use and addiction. Our program follows closely the educational and training requirements established by the State of California Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Programs and provides the most relevant knowledge, preparation, and instruction needed to become certified in substance abuse counseling and work effectively in this high-demand field. Click here to download the program flier. 
Who is the Certificate Program For?
  • Counselors seeking more education – new to field and existing professionals
  • Mental health professionals (clinical counselors, family therapists, psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, and social workers who need additional training in the substance abuse field)
  • People successfully recovered from addiction who want education and skills to become substance use counselors
  • Professionals in law enforcement and criminal justice
  • Human and rehabilitation services professionals
  • Teachers/school professionals
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Religious and spiritual counselors
  • Current students preparing to enter a counseling profession in graduate school
  • Family and friends who want to help those impacted by substance use

Start a Career With High-Potential for Job Growth.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in this field are expected to grow by 22% between 2012-2022. The top 10% of substance abuse counselors in California earn an average of $57,400. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Qualifications for Admission 
A high school diploma or GED, and one year of continuous sobriety for individuals with a substance use history.
Please download the application to apply.
For further information, contact Judy Impiccini, Program Developer at or call (323) 343-4910.