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Human Services: Alcohol and Drug (AA) Counseling Total Units: 47.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2016


The Human Services: Alcohol and Drug Major provides the educational component necessary for certification as a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist through the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE). Students completing the coursework are eligible to sit for the certifying exam to become a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist. The Santa Rosa Junior College Human Services: Alcohol and Drug program is accredited by CAADE.

The Human Services Alcohol and Drug certificate program provides the academic preparation and field experience needed to work with a drug dependent population. It provides a broad base of knowledge regarding approaches to drug education and prevention, treatment issues, counseling skills, ethical issues, as well as practical knowledge about drugs and their effects. The Human Services Alcohol and Drug program prepares students to work in a community setting at an entry level. For students interested in a Certificate of Achievement, a Human Services: Alcohol and Drug certificate is available.

Employment options include working with non-profit agencies as well as local, state and federal agencies. Examples of these agencies are job training programs, residential settings and private social service agencies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the human services field and its operational function in relation to client services;
  2. examine and perform various human service roles within the profession incorporating counseling skills, ethical principles and sensitivity to diversity;
  3. demonstrate ability to use research tools to locate and evaluate information that can be applied to the human services field;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of theoretical principles in the behavioral sciences to help address the needs of human services clients; and
  5. identify the essential components of alcohol and drug addiction and employ the tools and skills needed to work with clients in treatment centers.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Human Services: Alcohol and Drug (AA) program are:

  • Complete 47.5 units from
    • Human Services Core Requirements
    • Alcohol & Drug Emphasis Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Human Services Core Requirements - complete 34.50 units
AODS 90 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Studies3.00
COUN 74 Identity and Cultural Diversity3.00
COUN 87 Ethical Issues in Human Services1.50
COUN 90 Introduction to Human Services3.00
COUN 91 Skills and Techniques in Human Services3.00
COUN 92 Introduction to Group Counseling3.00
COUN 93 Introduction to Case Management3.00
COUN 94 Intervention/Crisis Counseling Training3.00
COUN 96 Disability and Society3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COUN 99I Occupational Work Experience Human Services Internship3.00
WEOC 99I Occupational Work Experience Internship3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1A General Psychology3.00
PSYCH 5 Abnormal Psychology3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 10 Developmental Stages of Childhood3.00
PSYCH 4 Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
PSYCH 56 Aging, Dying and Death3.00
Alcohol & Drug Emphasis Requirements - complete 12.00 units
AODS 91 Prevention and Education on Alcohol and Drugs3.00
AODS 92 Pharmacological & Physiological Effects of Alcohol & Drugs3.00
AODS 93 Rehabilitation of Alcohol & Drug Problems3.00
COUN 99I Occupational Work Experience Human Services Internship3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2016

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2020

Previous Versions:

Human Services: Alcohol and Drug - effective Spring 2011
Human Services: Alcohol and Drug - effective Spring 2010
Human Services: Alcohol and Drug - effective Fall 2009
Human Services: Alcohol and Drug - effective Fall 2007
Human Services: Alcohol and Drug - effective Spring 2007
Human Services: Alcohol and Drug - effective Fall 2004
Human Services: Alcohol and Drug - effective Fall 2003

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


It is strongly recommended that students complete COUN 91 and COUN 99I in the final semester of taking the core requirements. In this program, COUN 99I consists of internships in alcohol or drug settings.

CAADE Certification requires that students complete two internships in different modalities. Students will therefore complete a second COUN 99I internship as part of the Alcohol and Drug emphasis requirements.

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