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Center for Professional and Continuing Education
800.959.5376 or 209.946.2424
Office Location: 1776 W. March Lane Ste. 290, Stockton, CA 95207
Mailing Address: 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211

Native American Wellbriety Certificate


"Alcohol and substance abuse are the most severe health problems facing Native Indian tribes and people today and nothing is more costly to Native Indian people than the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse measured in physical, mental, social, and economic terms."
-P.L. 99-570, the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

The Certificate

The Native American Wellbriety Certificate is a seven-class, online program designed and taught by substance abuse and addiction counseling professionals. The certificate covers a variety of topics important for practicing substance abuse and addiction counselors as well as those who are new to the field. The program concentrates on the teachings of the Wellbriety Movement and healing strategies for Native American populations. The certificate is appropriate for Native and non-Native peoples in the United States and Canada.

The Curriculum

The certificate was developed by the University of the Pacific's Center for Professional and Continuing Education and White Bison, Inc. (www.whitebison.org). White Bison is the leading Native American organization offering healing resources and training for Native American populations.

The certificate program consists of the following classes with one class being offered per month.

The classes are:

• Overview and Introduction (XSAP 015, 2 units)
• Teachings of the Elders (XSAP 120, 2 units)
• Inter-generational Trauma (XSAP 121, 2 units)
• Alcohol and Addiction Problems in Native America (XSAP 122, 2 units)
• Recovery and Relapse Prevention (XSAP 123, 2 units)
• Our Children are Sacred: Children and Prevention (XSAP 124, 2 units)
• Community Development (XSAP 125, 2 units)

Please note that these are undergraduate level, college classes. All classes will be taught completely online with classes being available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Classes are taken in a cohort format. Classes can be taken for undergraduate credit or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Why Take This Program

The Wellbriety Certificate program presents the skills necessary to implement Wellbriety programs in Indian Country. The program can help existing counselors and para-professionals advance in their careers by helping this vastly underserved population. Taken in conjunction with Pacific's Substance Abuse program, it can also provide an additional employment gateway for people who are re-careering into the substance abuse field. Finally, the program is culturally sensitive and appropriate. It was designed and developed by substance abuse professionals who have a long and successful track record in serving Native people.

The Native American Wellbriety Certificate program leverages the strengths of two great institutions, White Bison, Inc. and the University of The Pacific (ranked as a Top 100 University by U.S. News and World Report). The specific benefits for enrolling in this program are:

  • Leads to 14 undergraduate level units from the University of the Pacific.
  • Only online program of its kind that specifically addresses addiction recovery for Native people.
  • Leads participants and teaches them the culturally appropriate way of applying the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that has succeeded for Native people, where mainstream AA has failed for some Native people because it neglects an indigenous cultural framework.
  • Provides non-Native professionals working with Native populations the cultural and professional knowledge they need in order to be more effective in their jobs.
  • Serves remote Native populations through Pacific's online Sakai learning platform.
  • Provides a sustainable Wellbriety Body of Knowledge through a comprehensive and challenging seven-class, seven-month curriculum. Instructor led assignments, discussions, and online forums allow time for knowledge to take root so it can be correctly applied.
  • Provides the skill sets necessary for creating and maintaining Wellbriety Treatment Centers.
  • Provides new and cutting-edge awareness of the role that historical and intergenerational trauma plays in the cause of addictions and other health and economic opportunity disparities for Native people.

This is a cohort-based program.  You will start and finish with the same group of students. As you go along, your cohort will become your support network. In addition to learning from your instructor, you will learn from each other.


The Native American Wellbriety Certificate program is primarily for new and current counselors who serve Native American populations. The certificate is appropriate for:

  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Addiction, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Counselors and Coaches
  • Law Enforcement including Police, Probation and Parole Officers
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Providers and Counselors
  • Tribal Health Providers and Counselors including Indian Health Service personnel
  • Clergy
  • Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists and Psych Techs
  • Behavioral Health Specialists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators

Program Pricing

Tuition for each class is $340 ($170 per academic unit). Total tuition is $2,380. In addition to tuition, there is a $95 non-refundable technology fee. The entire seven class program must be taken for students to receive the Native American Wellbriety Certificate. Students are responsible for obtaining their own books. The approximate textbook cost is $120. Please Note: this program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid (ex. Pell Grants and Federal Loans) or University of the Pacific Financial Aid. For Additional resources on finanical aid visit: http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/natamind.phtml or http://www.narf.org/nill/resources/scholarships.htm. For additional information on ordering books, contact White Bison, Inc. at: 877.871.1495. For Financial Aid information, please contact Bob Bechill (CPCE) at: 800.959.5376.

For Questions Contact: Bob Bechill

White Bison: www.whitebison.org