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Benerd College
For Degree and Credentialing: 209.946.2683 For Professional Development: 209.946.2424 For Sacramento Programs: 916.340.6155
Benerd@pacific.edu

3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

Substance Abuse Counselor Program

Program Overview
The Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program is designed to help individuals acquire the skills and certification necessary to counsel those who suffer from the effects of substance abuse.
University of the Pacific's Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program gives you the knowledge and experience to become certified in substance abuse counseling. Our program meets the educational and training requirements established according to regulations from the State of California Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Programs. It was developed by Benerd College in conjunction with professionals and experts in the field of substance abuse.

This 6-month long program is designed to provide participants with the skills necessary to counsel clients in the recovery process. Topics and skills include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, and community resources. Special issues are addressed including sexual harassment, gender, aging, disabilities, cultural differences, and co-occurring disorders. We strongly recommend you are at least one year sober when applying for this program.


Next program starts January 2020.

Application deadline is November 1, 2019.

Applications may be submitted until November 15, 2019, but will be subject to a $100 late fee.

Students will be contacted in November for phone interviews.


Online Program Details
This program is limited to 25 students. Online courses run for 6 weeks, opening on Mondays and closing on Sundays. Two classes are offered at a time. Students will not be entered in the class until payment has been received. We suggest you register at least 3 days prior to the start date so there will be no delay in class entry or late fee accessed. Internships can be accepted in your local area with approval from the Program Director.

If you are interested in classroom courses, please contact us. Classroom courses are contingent on enrollment numbers.

University of the Pacific is an approved school through CCAPP - California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. All education content used for CCAPP certification is reviewed autonomously by the CCAPP Education Institute, which is the education board for CCAPP Credentialing. Upon completion of our Substance Abuse Program you will have satisfied the education and experience requirements to meet CCAPP's Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC-I).