Addiction Studies

One-Year Certificate

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Program Mission

The Addiction Studies Program will provide the academic, theoretical and practical foundation for students working in Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco counseling and/or individuals who wish to pursue training in the substance abuse disorder and addiction studies field.

Program Description

The addiction studies certificate is a year-long curriculum that fully addresses the multiple perspectives of the addiction process. This includes addiction pharmacology, strategies to prevent relapse, state of the art intervention techniques, ethics, communication skills unique to substance abuse treatment and the essentials of addiction treatment care management.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this certificate in Addiction Studies will:

  1. Communicate effectively and develop interpersonal skills needed to work with diverse populations
  2. Perform basic individual and group counseling and interviewing skills
  3. Identify appropriate assessment needs of individuals, families and groups and develop effective treatment plans which utilize community resources
  4. Identify Alcohol and Drugs of Abuse Pharmacology and Theories of addiction
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of professional values and ethics standards that are foundations to human service professional

This certificate includes both elective and required class of the AAOT-HS degree (Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer - Human Services).

During studies in the program, students make class visits to community Human Services agencies.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Human Services program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Considerations

The Addiction Studies certificate not only offers students the required educational coursework for eligibility to take the Oregon Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I) exam* but also additional coursework to enhance their skill sets. Following these educational requirements, students must complete 1,000 hours of supervised experience in addiction counseling in order to take the CADC I exam. Students who complete this process could find employment in substance abuse treatment and recovery fields as counselors.

*MHACBO (Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon) proctors the CADC I exam and requirements.


Occupational Skills Training

This program is available in an Occupational Skills Training format that is designed to mix school classes and on-the-job training with a potential employer. It’s great for hands-on learners! Individualized training plans are developed in consultation with the student, UCC faculty, UCC advisor, and the work site trainer.
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Program Requirements

To begin the program, students must be enrolled at UCC, and have basic writing and communication skills. This program starts the Fall term.

Curriculum includes classes from the first-year of the two-year AAS-Human Services degree.

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Alex Jardon, Ph.D.
Human Services Coordinator
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Phone: 541-440-4713



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