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Certificate of Achievement
Drug Studies

The Drug Studies Certificate provides the student with the academic preparation and field experience needed to work with the drug dependent and their families. The Certificate is accredited by the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE). Completion of the required courses provides the educational component necessary for certification as a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist through CAADE. The courses that comprise the Certificate are designed for those who are working with or want to work with drug dependent populations, providing a broad base of knowledge regarding approaches to drug education and prevention, treatment issues, counseling skills, ethical issues, and practical knowledge about drugs and their effects.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
HUSR 118 - Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment, and RecoveryM3.0
HUSR 118 - Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an introduction to current perspectives with respect to the management of chemical dependency. Through an examination of alcoholism as a model of drug dependence, the treatment of and recovery from such disorders will be explored from two divergent perspectives: the reformative and the transformative. Current treatment modalities will be compared and contrasted in terms of their view of the individual in both the social and clinical context. The class experience itself will serve as an intervention by challenging students to examine their existing ideas about treatment and recovery from substance use disorders. Suitable for students interested in furthering their understanding of substance dependence and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for such problems.

Select One: HUSR 111 / PSY 101 / PSY 101H / PSY 112 / PSY 114 / SOC 101 / SOC 101H M3.0
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of human services in contemporary society. The function and objectives of human service organizations as well as the qualifications of the professional will be emphasized. A survey of the populations served in the field will focus on cultural, social, economic and historical trends. The course is designed for students pursuing careers in social work, counseling or community organizing.

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 112 - Lifespan Development (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 112 or CD 106)

This course provides an overview of human psychological development across the lifespan. The physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes that occur from the prenatal period through old age are addressed. In addition, current research findings and their applicability to ongoing developmental problems are explored. This course is appropriate for the student seeking to develop a better understanding of the development gains and losses that occur throughout our lives..

PSY 114 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an introduction to the study of abnormal behavior for psychology majors, those with an interest in abnormal psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of abnormality. The classification, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders will be explored. Students will not only develop an understanding of the etiology and diagnosis of such disorders, as based upon DSM-IV-TR criteria, but develop an appreciation of the cultural, historical and theoretical influences that affect the definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior.

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

HUSR 126 - Counseling the Family of the Addicted PersonM3.0
HUSR 126 - Counseling the Family of the Addicted Person (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 OR ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the systems approach to counseling the chemically dependent family. Alcoholism will be used as a model for developing counseling skills through the analysis and examination of the relationships that develop in the addicted family system. An experiential format will be employed as students participate in exercises that lead to the development of the necessary skills. This course is designed for those working with or preparing to work with the drug dependent and those around them.

Select One: HUSR 111 / PSY 101 / PSY 101H / PSY 112 / PSY 114 / SOC 101 / SOC 101H M3.0
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of human services in contemporary society. The function and objectives of human service organizations as well as the qualifications of the professional will be emphasized. A survey of the populations served in the field will focus on cultural, social, economic and historical trends. The course is designed for students pursuing careers in social work, counseling or community organizing.

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 112 - Lifespan Development (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 112 or CD 106)

This course provides an overview of human psychological development across the lifespan. The physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes that occur from the prenatal period through old age are addressed. In addition, current research findings and their applicability to ongoing developmental problems are explored. This course is appropriate for the student seeking to develop a better understanding of the development gains and losses that occur throughout our lives..

PSY 114 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an introduction to the study of abnormal behavior for psychology majors, those with an interest in abnormal psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of abnormality. The classification, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders will be explored. Students will not only develop an understanding of the etiology and diagnosis of such disorders, as based upon DSM-IV-TR criteria, but develop an appreciation of the cultural, historical and theoretical influences that affect the definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior.

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
2nd Semester
HUSR 124 - Introduction to Case Management and DocumentationM3.0
HUSR 124 - Introduction to Case Management and Documentation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course introduces students to case management and documentation in a variety of settings. Students will study the purpose, function, and rationale for case management. In addition, the documentation of client clinical records will be covered, emphasizing the taking of social histories and the writing of treatment plans. The professional guidelines necessary for working with clients in a social services setting will also be covered, providing the student with an understanding of issues related to ethics, client rights, and confidentiality. This class is designed for students interested in working in a social services setting.

Select One: HUSR 123 / HUSR 128 M3.0
HUSR 123 - Drug Education and Prevention (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of substance dependence and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for such problems. It addresses the history, theories, models, and approaches to substance abuse education and prevention. In addition to an academic look at drug abuse, students will also explore and examine their own values and beliefs about substance use and misuse. The impact of public policy, the media, and drug education programs on drug use will all be considered.

HUSR 128 - Chemical Dependency and Co-Occurring Disorders (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course explores understanding mental illness and persons with more than one mental/psychiatric disorder. It introduces students to the various disorders in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It will introduce students to co-existing disorders and various diagnosis and treatment techniques used to treat this unique population. Students will tour two different types of mental health facilities to provide an additional understanding of mental health issues.

HUSR 122 - Introduction to Group Leadership and ProcessM3.0
HUSR 122 - Introduction to Group Leadership and Process (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an introduction to the dynamics of group interaction. The individual's firsthand experience is emphasized as the group studies itself under supervision. The factors involved in problems of communication, effective emotional responses, and personal growth will be highlighted. Group process will be examined as a means of changing behavior. Suitable for students interested in furthering their understanding of group dynamics and those interested in supervising groups dedicated to achieving behavioral change.

PSY 127 - Introduction to the Physiological Effects of Drugs of AbuseM3.0
PSY 127 - Introduction to the Physiological Effects of Drugs of Abuse (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of psychoactive drugs and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for drug problems. It provides an examination of the pharmacological actions of drugs of abuse and how this relates to the physiological, as well as the behavioral, effects of such drugs. The properties of drugs that increase the likelihood of the development of substance use disorders will be emphasized.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
4th Semester
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human ServicesM1.0
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human Services (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or HUSR 111
Corequisite: HUSR 199B
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course and its corequisite (HUSR 199B) provide students with supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, which allows students to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. This course provides the academic element to the experiential course offering and reinforces the application of concepts learned in the prerequisite course or courses.

HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human ServicesM2.0
HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human Services (2.0 units)

p>Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: HUSR 199A
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The corequisite courses HUSR 199A and 199B provide students with a supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, allowing the student to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. In this course students take the theories and principles learned in the classroom and apply them to their work in a field setting. This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop skills that would facilitate gaining employment in the human services field.
Unpaid field work: 2 units =120 hours; 3 units= 180 hours
Paid field work: 2 units =150 hours; 3 units=225 hours

HUSR 130 - Essential Counseling SkillsM3.0
HUSR 130 - Essential Counseling Skills (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 OR ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on critical counseling skills and strategies within a multicultural context. The course provides a vital orientation to the helping process and the counseling profession. Current issues within the counseling profession, such as diversity and multiculturalism, are discussed and integrated throughout the course. A unique focus is given to the student's growth and development as a counselor and how the student can best use supervision in this developmental process. This course would be of benefit to anyone working in a human service or social services setting.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
4th Semester
HUSR 230A - Drug Studies SeminarM1.0
HUSR 230A - Drug Studies Seminar (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: HUSR 122, HUSR 124, HUSR 130
Corequisite: HUSR 230B
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The corequisite courses HUSR 230A and 230B are designed be taken in the final semester of the Drug Studies Program and provide the student with work experience in a drug treatment facility. This seminar course is a companion to the internship experience and will focus on ethics, the further development of counseling skills, and the use of community resources.

Concurrent enrollment in Human Services 230B.

HUSR 230B - Drug Studies InternshipM2.0
HUSR 230B - Drug Studies Internship (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: HUSR 122, HUSR 124, HUSR 130
Corequisite: HUSR 230A
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The corequisite courses HUSR 230A and 230B are designed be taken in the final semester of the Drug Studies Program and provide the student with work experience in a drug treatment facility. Through their internship work, students will apply the concepts and skills gained through their coursework as they serve as an intern in a setting where drug dependent individuals are served. Students must meet the requirements of the internship facility. Concurrent enrollment in Human Services 230A .

Unpaid field work: 2 units =120 hours; 3 units= 180 hours
Paid field work: 2 units =150 hours; 3 units=225 hours.

PSY 121 - Drugs, Society, and BehaviorM3.0
PSY 121 - Drugs, Society, and Behavior (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student who seeks a basic understanding of the effects of drugs of abuse and an in-depth consideration of the societal aspects of psychoactive drugs. It is designed for those students interested in furthering their understanding of psychoactive drugs and those interested in working with populations recovering from or at risk for drug problems. Current and historical uses of and attitudes towards drugs will be addressed, as well as drug use disorders, drug legislation, and treatment options. Societal and cultural differences will also be noted.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
Total Units for Drug Studies COA program 36.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theories, and techniques that are foundational to the practice of addiction treatment.


2

Students will demonstrate an understanding of assessment methods, treatment planning, and case management.


3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of recovery- oriented behavior in addiction treatment management.


4

Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical practices in addiction treatment.


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  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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