Addiction is a serious problem in many communities throughout the United States. This degree will help you become a powerful advocate for addiction recovery and prevention by helping you to understand the underlying psychological and societal influences of substance abuse. By learning how to de-pathologize individuals struggling with addiction (and its co-occurring disorders), and by understanding the impact it has on individuals, families, and communities, you’ll be able to become a powerful advocate for addiction recovery and prevention.
This concentration prepares students to effectively address the trauma from which many individuals struggling with addiction suffer, which can include domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and sexual abuse. Students learn to become advocates for healing and transformation, employing prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies that utilize the client’s own strengths.
The Addiction Studies concentration is available for undergraduate students pursuing a Liberal Studies degree as a major or minor area of concentration. Students must earn 40-80 units for a major area of concentration, and at least 20 units for a minor area of concentration; at least half of the major or minor should be upper division and include appropriately chosen core courses as recommended by the student’s advisor.
The Addiction Studies Concentration curriculum is designed to fulfill the educational requirements necessary for credentialing as a certified addiction treatment counselor in the state of California (CAADE), and to provide appropriately challenging coursework that will offer upper division scholarship in addiction studies.
- The Psychology of Addiction
- Integrating Addiction Counseling Proficiencies
- Addiction and Human Development
- The Science of Psychopharmacology
- Theories of Addiction
- Addiction and Marginalized Populations
- Addiction and Family Dynamics
- Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Group Facilitation for Addiction Counselors
- Process and the Addiction Counselor
- Post-Modern Approaches to Addiction Counseling
- Addiction Counseling: Models of Practice
- Counseling Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders
- Addiction in Literature and Film
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.