The Addiction Studies and Human Services Two-Year Certificate of Completion provides the coursework and 300 of the 1,000 hours of supervised experience required to qualify to sit for the Oregon Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I exam. The certificate also provides foundational coursework recommended by community partners to be successful in the addictions field, criminal justice field, and other human services fields that include work with addicted persons and their families.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of professional values and ethical standards that are foundational to the human services profession.
- Demonstrate foundational aptitude to integrate knowledge of cultural diversity in multiple settings and with multiple clients and available significant others.
- Demonstrate basic ability to collaboratively develop an effective and clear treatment plan by assessing client needs and selecting interventions that will assist clients in promoting optimal functioning, growth, and goal attainment.
- Develop foundational awareness of their values, cultural bias, philosophies, personality, and style and how these personal characteristics affect clients.
- Demonstrate beginning professional interviewing skills.
- Identify basic skills required to create genuine and empathetic relationships.
Academic Entrance Requirements
- High school diploma or GED
- Completion of WR 065 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking II or higher or minimum placement WR/Comm Level 7
- Basic computer competency skills
Other Entrance Requirements
Must pass a criminal background check as a condition of acceptance into a practicum for training. Students who do not pass the criminal background check may not be eligible to complete training at affiliated practicum sites, to sit for certification exams, or to be hired for some professional positions. Students with questions about their history should contact the appropriate state board or the program director.
Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)
- Travel costs for practicum; three terms; costs based on location
- Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon exams: $75 application fee; $210 exam fee
- Video recording fees for two terms: approximately $50
- Background check for practicum placement: approximately $75