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

There is a strong need for excellent counselors in the field of alcohol and drug treatment. Find out why obtaining education through LMU Extension will help you to thrive as a counselor in this field.

  • Free Workshop: Being An Alcohol and Drug 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 questions about the field, 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?
    • What are study tips I can use to thrive while obtaining my education?

    After we talk about the field, we discuss the program at LMU Extension, such as:

    • What do the instructors in the LMU Extension program offer to my future success?
    • What courses do I need to take? 
    • When are courses offered?
    • What is the tuition?
    • Is tuition assistance available?

    This workshop 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 next workshops will be held on the LMU Campus, in University Hall, room 1859, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the following dates: 

    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Thursday, May 9, 2019, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 2:30 to 5:30 pm

    All are welcome!  To RSVP to attend a workshop, please send an email to acc@lmu.edu.  Please include in your email your name and the date of the workshop you plan to attend. 

    Information about parking and locating the workshop on the LMU campus:

    1. From Lincoln Blvd, turn onto LMU Drive
    2. University Hall is the big building on the right, next to the security booth.
    3. Enter the underground parking at level P2/P3 (Student Parking)
    4. 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 and require
    you to input your car’s license plate number.
    5. Take the elevator up to the ground (G) level
    6. When you exit the elevator, immediately turn right (do NOT go straight ahead)
    into a silver door marked “1762-1859.” Then, turn right
    7. For room 1859: At the cross hallway turn right. Room 1859 is about half way
    down the long hallway and will be on the left side.

    **Parking fees are in effect on the campus 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday
    **Information about parking can be found at: http://admin.lmu.edu/parking/

  • Program is a Premier Training Opportunity

    "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."
    —John Totten, alumni.

    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 deepen 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 that 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 Size

    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. 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. 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. 

  • Program Application + 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.

    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.  If you have less than six months sobriety and wish to join the program, please contact the Program Coordinator. 

    Attendance at "Being a Substance Abuse Counselor Workshop" is strongly recommended. 

  • 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 2019 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. 

  • Tuition Assistance

    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. If you qualify, tuition assistance is available with the first course you take in the program. To obtain a tuition assistance application, please send a request to Pat Ranftl (pranftl@lmu.edu) or to acc@lmu.edu.
    • The program is an approved course on the Workforce Investment Board's I-train and the Employment Development Department's Cal Jobs sites for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 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 four semester time frame (about 14 months), 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.

  • Our Program

    A program spanning four semesters 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 approximately a 14-month period (including holidays) you can complete all your required courses, your supervised practicum hours and have school breaks when you can take vacations or tend to other life needs. You have vacation from your course work during the later part of December and January, plus most of the month of August. The total time you are actually attending classes is approximately 12 months. You may pace yourself at a slower rate, taking however many courses a semester - or even taking a break and returning to the program.

    If you start classes during Spring 2019, you can be completing your courses during Spring 2020.

  • Register for Spring 2019 Courses

    Enrollment for Spring and Summer 2019 is now open.  

    Click on the name of the course to enroll. The enrollment link also takes you to information about tuition, texts, holidays, name of instructor, room, and other important information. For information about late enrollment phone 310-338-2812. To receive updates about course enrollments, please send an email to acc@lmu.edu. Please include your name, email address and a note that you are interested in enrollments for the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program.  

     

    Course Name

     

    Prerequisites

    Course #

    DACX

    Day

    Start Date

    Semester

    Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling

    None

    800.01 

     Wed 

    2-20-19

    Spring 2019

    Case Management in the Treatment of Substance Misuse

    None

    802.01 

     Mon 

    2-18-19

    Spring 2019

    Professional and Personal Growth for AOD Counselors

    None

    809.01 

     Thu 

    2-21-19

    Spring 2019

    Basic Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment

    Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling

    804.01 

     Tue  

    2-12-19

    Spring 2019

    Group Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment (course starts after Basic Counseling ends)

    Basic Counseling

    807.01 

     Tue 

    4-23-19

    Spring 2019

    Supervised Practicum

    All eight courses in the program.  (Family Counseling or Group Counseling may be taken within the same semester as Supervised Practicum) 

    810.01 

    Wed 

    3-6-19

    Spring 2019 

    Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs

     None

    803.01

    Mon and Thur

    6-17-19 Summer 2019

     

  • Required Courses, Schedule and Tuition

    The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate includes nine courses.  The program can be completed within 14 months, including holidays and breaks.  Actual time doing course work is 12 months.  

    Program Includes Nine Courses

    Course TitlePrerequisiteCreditsSemester in Which Course is OfferedTuition*
    Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling None  4.5  Fall and Spring  $704 
    Ethical and Legal Aspects of Substance Misuse Treatment None  3.0 Fall  $469
    Case Management in the Treatment of Substance Misuse None  4.5  Spring  $704 
    Professional and Personal Growth for AOD Counselors None  4.5  Spring  $704 
    Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs None  4.5  Fall and Summer  $704 
    Basic Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling  2.5  Fall and Spring  $393 
    Group Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Basic Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment 2.5  Spring  $393 
    Family Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Basic Counseling Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment 2.0  Fall   $311 
    Supervised Practicum, plus 255 practicum hours All courses.  Only Group Counseling or Family Counseling can be taken in the same semester as you take Supervised Practicum.    4.5  Fall and Spring   $704 

     * Tuition is paid at the time you register for a course.  The projected tuition for all nine courses is $5085.  Projected and posted tuition is based on Spring 2019 tuition rates and is subject to change.

    What Will Your Schedule Look Like?

    While you may complete the program within 14 months, you may take up to five years to complete the course work.  When planning your schedule you need to take into account which semester the course is offered and whether or not you have completed the course prerequisite. Assuming you wish to complete the courses in the shortest possible time your schedule, here is what your schedule will look like:

    If you start during the Spring 2019 semester:

    You will be taking courses during Spring 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.  (Dates for the courses are announced when registration for a specific semester opens.) 

    Spring 2019 

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling Wednesday   Middle February through early June
    Case Management in the Treatment of Substance Misuse Monday  Middle February through early June
    Professional and Personal Growth for AOD Counselors Thursday  Middle February through early June

    Summer 2019 

    Note:  Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs may be taken either during the Summer semester or during the Fall semester. 

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs  Monday and Thursday  Early June through middle of August 

     Fall 2019

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Physiology and Pharmacology or Alcohol and Other Drugs Thursday  Early September through late December
    Ethical and Legal Aspects of Substance Misuse Treatment Monday  Middle Oct through late Dec
    Basic Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Tuesday  Late August or early September through late October
    Family Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Tuesday  Early November through late December

     Spring 2020 

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Group Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Tuesday  Middle April through middle June
    Supervised Practicum plus 255 practicum hours  Wednesday   Middle February through early June

    If you start during the Fall 2019 semester:

     Fall 2019

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling  Wednesday  Early September through late December
    Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs Thursday  Early September through late December
    Ethical and Legal Aspects of Substance Misuse Treatment Monday  Middle Oct through late Dec

     Spring 2020

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Case Management in the Treatment of Substance Misuse Treatment Monday  Middle February through early June
    Personal and Professional Growth for AOD Counselors Thursday  Middle February through early June
    Basic Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Tuesday  Early Feb through middle April
    Group Counseling in Substance Misuse Treatment Tuesday  Middle April through middle June

    Summer 2020

    Note: Physiology and Pharmacology must be completed before taking Supervised Practicum. If it has not yet been taken, it can be taken the summer just prior to enrolling into the Supervised Practicum course. 

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs   Monday and Thursday  Early June through middle August 

    Fall 2020

    CourseDay of WeekWhen Held
    Family Tuesday  Early November through late December
    Supervised Practicum, plus 255 practicum hours  Wednesday   Early September through late December

    If you decide to take course at a slower pace your schedule will be different. 


    Details of courses can be viewed in the "courses" section of the LMU Extension site.

    The program offered by LMU Extension is approved by CCAPP. Changes made in the requirements and/or processes of CCAPP may result in changes to the program. CAADAC is now part of CCAPP. 

    *Tuition stated in this graph is based on Spring 2019 tuition rates and is subject to change. 

  • Is The Field Right For You?

    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 they are 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 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.

    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.

  • Accreditation

    Accreditation is a seal of approval by professional peers indicating that an institution or program meets the quality standards of the group conferring the accreditation. Loyola Marymount University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, it is approved by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals - Education Institute (CCAPP-EI).

    CCAPP was established when the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) merged with the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR). Those who successfully complete the certificate program at LMU Extension will fulfill the current education requirements to submit a portfolio to CCAPP to take the IC&RC Examination. The program may evolve to maintain compliance with CCAPP standards and/or to increase student capabilities to excel in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

  • Contact Us

    Please contact Fay Craton for any inquiries. Fay's direct phone number is 310-338-2812. Emails sent to acc@lmu.edu are forwarded to her. The LMU Extension Office is located at 1 LMU Drive, Suite 1863, Los Angeles, CA  90045.  It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The phone for LMU Extension is 310-338-1971. 

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