Alcohol and Drug Counseling at LMU Extension
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Alcohol and Drug Counseling
"This program has challenged my intellect, encouraged my natural counseling abilities, and prepared me toward legally and ethically practicing in the State of California. It is with pride and confidence that I have been able to put the knowledge gained at LMU Extension into action." —Michael Caruso, Student

Welcome! 

There is a strong need for excellent counselors in the field of alcohol and drug treatment.  You are invited to scroll through this webpage to find out why obtaining education through LMU Extension will help you to thrive as a counselor in this field.  We want you to succeed.  For this reason, the courses at LMU Extension are designed so you can become one of the best counselors. 

Please click on the name of the topic to go directly to a specific topic. 

Free Workshop:  Being a Substance Abuse Counselor (Includes information about the program.)

Why is the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate offered by LMU Extension one of the premier training opportunities in California?

Class Sizes

What are the admission requirements?

What is the tuition?

Is tuition assistance available?

What is the program at LMU Extension?

Courses

Fall 2015 Courses

Required Courses

Is becoming a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor for you?

Transparent Design of the Certificate Program

Program approval

General Workshops Available

General Information

Would you like to receive updates about workshop dates and enrollment? 

Questions?

 

Free Workshop:  Being a Substance Abuse Counselor

Are you interested in becoming a counselor working in the field of alcohol and drug addictions?  If so, this workshop is strongly recommended.  This highly interactive workshop is designed to provide you with a framework of information to guide you in your pursuit of becoming a substance abuse counselor.  We explore answers to questions such as:

  • Will I be happy as a counselor?
  • Are there regulations about being a counselor?
  • I am working in the field right now; do I need to become certified?
  • What does certified mean?
  • What is the career path for an alcohol and drug counselor?
  • What can I anticipate about job opportunities?
  • What is the pay range for a counselor?
  • I’ve heard LMU Extension has some great instructors.  What do the instructors in the LMU Extension program offer to my future success?
  • What courses do I need to take and what is the tuition?
  • What are some study tips to thrive in my studies?
  • Is tuition assistance available?

This event is of value to all people interested in becoming an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, to those already within the mental health professions, the teaching community, as well as to many medical professionals.  The length of the workshops normally run approximately approximately two hours.   No reservation is needed.  The workshop is held in University Hall, room 1859.  The next dates this workshop is offered are: 

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015, 2:30 pm
  • Friday, October 2, 2015, 2:30 pm
  • Friday, November 13, 2015, 2:30 pm

How to locate the event:  Here are instructions to find the campus meeting: From Lincoln Blvd, turn onto LMU Drive. Please stop at the security booth and obtain instructions to the University Hall parking lot. Parking is underground; enter at level P2/P3 (Student Parking). Once in the underground parking lot, find elevator lobby in parking section 2C (or 3C). Parking fee meters are located on the east side of the elevators. (The meter will request you to input your car's license plate number. If there are no parking places, please use the valet service for no additional charge. Valet service is available from 9 am to 6 pm.  Information about parking can be found at http://admin.lmu.edu/parking/visiting campus/ )  Take the elevator up to the ground (G) level. When you exit the elevator, immediately turn right (do not go straight ahead) into a silver door marked “1762-1859.” Turn right and right again to walk down the corridor. Room 1859 is on the left (north) side of the hall. 

The workshop titled, Being a Substance Abuse Counselor, replaces events formerly titled, Information Meetings

Why is the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate offered by LMU Extension one of the premier training opportunities in California?

John Totten, a recent graduate of the program, states:  "I want to thank you & all the instructors at LMU A&D counseling program for all the encouragement & support. I was able to pass the test on the first attempt & have received my A&D counseling certificate. I have received a top quality education in the field at a very reasonable price. Now, I can pursue my goal of trying to help others."

We want our students to thrive while in our courses and continue to thrive as Alcohol and Drug Counselors after you receive your certificate. This is true throughout our program.  Our highly respected instructors for our courses want you to be successful. Students completing the program at LMU Extension can hang their LMU certificates with pride.  

In order to thrive, it is important you have the time to learn the course material and to integrate the knowledge into your perceptions and understanding of the world in which you live.  The courses are paced so you can absorb the material while you are holding a job. While attending LMU Extension you will challenge your thinking and expand your knowledge.  You will attend classes in the evenings (7:15 pm to 9:45 pm). You can complete the program without being required to attend an intensive workshop on a Saturday or Sunday. Students consistently report how the learning experience at LMU Extension is superior. 

Courses are at a college-level with content designed to help you succeed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. You will gain a firm understanding of the knowledge needed to be an effective Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  But knowledge alone is not enough; to be an outstanding counselor you must develop an understanding of the application of the learned knowledge. The courses at LMU Extension are designed to prepare you to apply what you have learned. During the practicum portion of the course you will demonstrate your "voice" as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, as well as deepening your knowledge through direct hands-on experience. In this program you will learn to have the presence reflecting an integrated understanding of what it means to be an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 

The quality of the education received in the LMU Extension program will serve you well in your employment settings.  Employers seek counselors with the type of training you receive in this program.  Feedback from treatment centers report the LMU Extension students demonstrate a solid knowledge base and exhibit the skills they are seeking. 

The long history of quality training Alcohol and Drug Counselors at LMU Extension is demonstrated in the skills of our alumni.  For example (before the IC&RC exams were computerized) in the last written IC&RC exams our students had a 100% pass rate.  We do not have the statistics for the computerized exams.  The written exams with 100% pass rate for LMU students were for June and December 2009 and the March 2010.  Students taking the computerized exams have reported that the material presented in the LMU Extension courses covered the exam content and prepared them to succeed in the field.  

Class Sizes

Our classes are sized so students are able to ask questions during classes.  While participating in the program you will get to know your classmates and your instructors.  The size of our classes is one of the many ways our standards for excellence differentiate us from other schools.  Our classrooms are designed to offer the latest technology, while providing an intimate setting.  The maximum number of students possible in each classroom is between 30 and 35 students.  This means we are not using large lecture halls where a hundred or more students are in attendance.  Generally the courses which are held once a year have a larger number of students than classes meeting twice a year.  The minimum class size is 5 students. 

What are the admission requirements?

  • An application:
    • Can be downloaded at:  Application Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate
    • If you are not able to download the application, you may request an application be emailed to you by sending an email to ACC@lmu.edu or by phoning 310-338-2812.  
    • There is no application fee.
    • The completed and signed application must be submitted to the Program Coordinator.
    • All applications require the approval of the Program Coordinator.
    • The application is designed to ensure you have skills to succeed in the program. 
  • Admission into the program requires completion of high school degree or GED.  
  • You must have English language reading, writing and speaking proficiency. 
  • If you have a history of substance abuse, six months of sobriety is expected. 
  • Attendance at "Being a Substance Abuse Counselor Workshop" is strongly recommended. 

 What is the tuition? 

Single-course tuition is paid at the time of enrollment into each course. Tuition varies according to the number of hours per course. Based on the spring 2015 tuition rate, the total for all the currently required CCAPP (CAADAC) courses is estimated to be $5,085.00.  This is not a per semester cost. Tuition rates are subject to change.  There is no fee to submit your application or to obtain your certificate document. 

Is tuition assistance available?

If needed, tuition assistance is available.  Here are ways you can obtain help:

  • The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate has partial assistance through the Thomas P. Pike Scholarship.  The amount of tuition payment through the fund is partially based on student need. To obtain a tuition assistance application, please send a request to Pat Ranftl (pranftl@lmu.edu).
  • The program is an approved course on the Workforce Investment Board's I-train for funding through the Workforce Investment Act funds.  The Workforce Investment Board is part of the California Employment Development Department.
  • While the program is designed to be fully completed (including your practicum experience) within a 16 month time frame, you can take longer to complete the program.  Speak to the Program Coordinator about reducing the number of courses you take each semester in order to match your budget. 
  • We will work with a variety of other third party sources.   

For information about tuition assistance please click here.

What is the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program at LMU Extension?

An 16-month program (example if you are starting in the fall the 16 months spans four terms: two fall semesters, one spring semester and one summer semester) designed to provide a quality education to individuals wishing to become certified as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counselor. The classes provide a total of 325 classroom hours or 32.5 continuing education units.  Within the 16-month period, we include the minimum time you will need to complete your practicum hours.  Plus, the 16-months are paced to allow you breaks while you are pursuing your certificate.  You have vacation from your course work during the later part of December and January, plus the month of August. While class attendance is required, we believe you need to maintain a resilient life while pursuing courses. 

Courses:

During the fall and spring semesters, courses meet once a week from 7:15 pm to 9:45 pm.  During the summer semester, course meets twice per week.  Please frequently check this site for changes about current courses. 

When enrollment opens, to enroll online please click on the name of the course in the semester section.  You may also enroll off-line by using an enrollment form and either emailing, faxing, normal mail or by dropping it off at the LMU Extension office.  Please contact ACC@lmu.edu for an enrollment form.  During the fall and spring semesters, courses meet once a week. During the Summer semester courses meet twice a week.

Fall 2015 Courses:

To enroll, please click on the name of the Fall 2015 course to enroll, or for information about tuition, texts, holidays, name of instructor, room, and other important information.

Course Title

Prerequisites

Course #:

DACX

Day

Start Date

Room

Introduction to Alcohol and & Drug Counseling

None

800.01

Wed

9/2

 

Ethical and Legal Standards of Addiction Counseling

None

801.01

Mon

10/12

 

Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs

None

803.01

Thu

9/3

 

Basic Counseling in the Treatment of Addictions

Introduction (DACX 800.01)

804.01

Tue

9/1

 

Family Counseling for Addiction Treatment

Basic Counseling (DACX 804.01)

808.01

Tue

11/3

 

Supervised Practicum

All Other LMU DACX Courses & Practicum Site Agreement

810.01

Wed

9/2

 

 

Required Courses To Obtain LMU Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling:

Course Title

Prerequisites

Hrs

Credits (Units)

Fall

Spring

Sum-mer

Fall
Start

Spring
Start

 Tuition*

Introduction To Alcohol & Drug Counseling

None

45

4.5

X

X

 

Fall
1

Spring
1

$704

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Addiction Counseling*

None

30

3.0

X

 

 

Fall
1

Fall
3

$469

Case Management in the Treatment of Addictions

None

45

4.5

 

X

 

Spring
2

Spring
1

 $704

Professional and Personal Growth

None

45

4.5

 

X

 

Spring
2

Spring
1

 $704

Physiology and Pharmacology

None

45

4.5

X

 

X

Fall
1

Summer
2

 $704

Basic Counseling in the Treatment of Addictions

Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling

25

2.5

X

X

 

Spring
2

Fall
3

 $393

Group Counseling Techniques

Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling (Basic Counseling is recommended but not required.)

25

2.5

 

X

 

Spring
2

Spring
4

 $393

Family Counseling for Addiction Treatment

Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Basic Counseling.

20

2.0

X

 

 

Fall 3

Fall 3

 $311

Supervised Practicum (formerly Fieldwork) 
45 class room hours + 255 practical experience hours = 300 hours

All courses, except Group Counseling or Family Counseling if taken concurrent with this course.

45

4.5

X

X

 

Fall 3

Spring
4

 $704

Classes offered during a specific semester are indicated by an "x" in the column under either Fall, Spring or Summer. 
To complete the program within 18 months, each class designated for the indicated semester must be taken.

Spring semester start example: Under the column designated “Spring Start”, there are three classes shown as “Spring 1” (Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Case Management in the Treatment of Addictions, and Professional and Personal Growth). A student starting the program during the spring semester wishing to complete the program within 18 months must take all three classes during the first semester in which the student is enrolled.

Fall semester start example: Under the column designated “Fall Start”. There are four classes shown as “Spring 2” (Case Management in the Treatment of Addictions, Professional and Personal Growth, Basic Counseling, Group Counseling). A student starting the program during the prior fall semester wishing to complete the program within 18 months must take all four classes during the second semester in which the student is enrolled.
Details of courses can be viewed by looking it up in the "courses" section within the LMU Extension section of the website.

The program offered by LMU Extension is approved by CFAAP/CAADAC and it is consistent with the requirements for certification by CAADAC's certification organization the CCBADC.  Changes made in the requirements and/or processes of the CFAAP/CAADAC may result in changes to the program.

*Tuition stated in this graph is based on 2015 tuition rates and is subject to change. 

Is becoming a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor for you? 

The answer is YES, if you wish to counsel or provide emotional support to people who are struggling with an alcohol or drug abuse challenge or are in treatment or recovery.  Individuals working in the field find great satisfaction in the work he or she is performing. 

If you are providing counseling in alcohol and other drug recovery and treatment programs, and you are not a state of California licensed mental health practitioner, you are required by law to be registered to obtain certification and to be certified within five years of becoming registered.  (California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 8)

In addition to those who wish to become Certified Alcohol and Drug (AOD) Counselors, people who find the courses of value are:

  • Licensed mental health professionals wishing to deepen their skills to establish substance abuse treatment as a specialty - Certification as an AOD Counselor will add to your ability to obtain employment at facilities providing treatment. 
  • Staff members of community-based organizations or of government agencies working with individuals in substance abuse intervention, treatment and recovery. 
  • Medical physicians, nurses and other health care specialists. 
  • Teachers
  • Anyone who coaches, counsels or mentors people who may abuse or is in treatment or recovery for abuse of alcohol or another substance.

The types of employment settings include:  

  • Substance abuse treatment centers  
  • Sober living settings   
  • Drug courts  
  • Hospitals  
  • Mental health agencies   
  • Community-based organizations 
  • Schools  Government agencies   
  • Any social service setting  

Once our students become alcohol and drug counselors, they are on the front line at recovery centers, turning around lives and saving families. The work they do transforms lives and builds careers.

Transparent Design of the Certificate Program

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program offered at LMU Extension has no hidden provisions.  The names of the courses listed on this webpage are the courses you need to successfully complete in order to meet the current education requirements to apply to take your certification exam. 

The program is straightforward.  Courses meet week nights from 7:15 pm to 9:45 pm.  We do not have intensive courses meeting over a weekend, or in a combination of a weeknight, Friday nights and weekends, or courses meeting for only one weekend – and then not offered again for another year. 

You are encouraged to come to our free workshop, “Being a Substance Abuse Counselor.”  In the workshop you learn much valuable information about the field that you might not obtain from other schools.  In the later part of the program, you will see the domains of knowledge a school is expected to include in order to be an approved school and how LMU Extension meets the requirements. 

Program is approved by:

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling professional certificate program is designed to provide a quality education to individuals wishing to become certified by the State of California as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor. This program is approved by the California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP), the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and its certification board, the California Certification Board for Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC).  Those who successfully complete the certificate program will fulfill the requirements to submit a portfolio to take the IC&RC Examination facilitated by the CCBADC. The program is designed to meet the current requirements to submit your portfolio.  Changes in the program may occur with changes in the approval of the program. 

General Workshops Available for Alcohol and Drug Counselors

At intervals we offer workshops which my be of value to the addictions community. Workshops are not requirements of the Certificate program. Watch this site for workshops as they become available. 

 

Workshop:  "Post Traumatic Growth:  Advances in PTSD and Moral Injury Healing with Mark Mitchell

Saturday, 6/27/15, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm  For more information about this workshop click here or go to:  http://cal.lmu.edu/event/lmux150627a#.VYyiMlfn_jY 

 

Would you like to receive updates about workshop dates and enrollment? 

You can join our mailing list by clicking here.  Or if you prefer, send an email (including your name, email address, and interest in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate) to acc@lmu.edu.

Questions?

Please contact Fay Craton in the LMU Extension office if you would like more information about the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certifciate. Fay's direct phone number is 310-338-2812. Emails sent to acc@lmu.edu are forwarded to her. 

General Information

 PROGRAM NOTES  REQUIREMENTS  FEES  FACULTY

 Application Required
 Students must file an application
 to be admitted into the program
 (see below).

 Class Meetings
 LMU Westchester Campus
 1 LMU Drive
 Los Angeles, CA 90045
 - Parking Info

 Semester Hours
 32.5

 Coursework
 DACX 800
 DACX 801
 DACX 802
 DACX 803
 DACX 804
 DACX 807
 DACX 808
 DACX 810 

 Tuition
 $4,985

 Materials + Books
 Various 

 Allen Berger
 Dennis Brown
 Fay Craton
 Paulla Elmore
 Elizabeth A. Hall
 Eileen Halpert
 Andrew Martin
 Mark Mitchell
 Rick E. Thomas
 Bob Tyler 


Application for Admission.  
Admission into the certificate program requires (1) a completed application, (2) completion of high school degree or GED, and (3) English language composition ability to a level capable of completing homework assignments. Students with a history of alcohol and other drug abuse should have at least 6 months sobriety before starting their first course. 

Required Coursework and Schedule.  Classes meet in the evenings during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students must complete a total of 32.5 semester hours in coursework and 255 hours of supervised practicum with a letter grade of 'C' or higher in each course to receive a certificate of completion. Click here for course descriptions and scheduling. Click here to see what classes are currently being offered in the course catalog.

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Please check the Web site or contact LMU Extension for updated information. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. 

Information Contact:  310.338.2812 (Fay Craton) or acc@lmu.edu