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Addiction Studies

San Jose Campus

Program Overview

Exclusive to Jessup University’s San Jose Campus, the Certificate Program for Addiction Studies is designed to develop an individual’s professional skills for a variety of roles in the social services fields of addiction. Students selecting this program will gain the critical skills needed to provide intervention, counseling, detox referrals, and to facilitate groups in recovery programs. Students may find employment in employee assistance programs, DUI programs, missions, church and parachurch ministries, education and prevention programs, and within counseling agencies that specialize in addiction recovery. With continued educational preparation and experience, individuals may advance to management and administration and clinical supervision roles in addiction agencies.

Program Details

  • 1 or 2 Classes Per Week
  • Flexible & Customizable Course Schedules
  • Courses are 7 weeks in duration
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Faculty are experienced-leaders in their industries
  • Faith-Based Curriculum
  • Earn your degree in as little as 19 months

This 30 unit program available only on the Bay Area campus, prepares students for success in obtaining certification with the California Association of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and/or the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) . Upon completion of the WJU certificate, students will have fulfilled the CAADAC and CAADE classroom and internship requirements and will be prepared for CAADAC and CAADE examination. Once individuals have passed the exam, they will be certified as Alcohol and Drug Counselor Associates with CAADAC and/or Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) with CAADE. Experience in the field provides opportunities for advancement.

Jessup students who choose to complete this program will also have the opportunity to continue their education by transferring in to the Psychology program, offering a Bachelor of Science which further enhances your qualifications for career-advancing leadership roles in the mental health professions. Academic counselors are available to assist students in planning that next step phase of their education if they choose to continue.

Introduction to Addictions in Society

A study of the patterns of addiction for the various sub-groups of society as well as society as a whole. Historical and contemporary issues related to understanding and responding to substance abuse problems are covered. Basis research and statistical issues as they relate to addictions will be addresses. Societal perception of addiction including prevention and the impact of addition on society, groups, families, and individuals will be covered.

3 units

Human Services

Case management, program development and management, as well as clinical supervision will be studied along with specific case presentation skills such as screening, assessment, crisis intervention and referral. Community care, prevention, education, outreach and response services will be studied.

3 units

Addiction Assessment and Treatment Strategies

A review of options and strategies for assessment of addictive behavior and the application of appropriate counseling models and theories. Family systems, their assessment and support, as well as life span development issues will be included. Therapeutic theories and models as well as assessment and treatment issues with standard professional protocol in a variety of case management functions will be covered.

3 units

Counseling of Addictive Behavior

An introductory course focusing on counseling issues, skills and knowledge, processing to applied counseling skills for substance abuse and addiction issues for individual, group, and family settings.

3 units

Group and Advanced Counseling

An advanced addiction counseling course emphasizing group theory and counseling, group facilitation skills. Class will utilize role play and lecture to teach individual group and family counseling skills for addictive behaviors, with particular attention to co-occurring disorders.

3 units

Treatment of Chemical Dependency

This course is a survey of current standard models of education, prevention and intervention in substance abuse. It is designed to provide a practical understanding of how to help clients from all populations and major special populations arrive at sobriety in both religious and secular programs. A wide variety of addictive problems will be investigated including denial, relapse, prevention, co-occurring disorders and progression.

3 units

Physiology and Pharmacology of Addictions

Examines the physiological effects and bio-pharmaceutics of addictive behavior, focusing on alcohol and other drugs, especially as to tolerance, withdrawal and addiction patterns. Critical issues of pathology and medical treatment of addiction will be reviewed. HIV, AIDS, STD’s and addiction related pathologies are also covered.

3 units

Practicum 1 & 2

Hands on volunteer work in an agency setting with supervision by both agency personnel and faculty.

3 units

Professional Treatment Skills

A survey of law, documentation, protocol, ethics, confidentiality, record keeping, outreach, education and management issues related to program development and management. Personal and professional growth issues including stress management will be addressed.

3 units

The Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed to develop an individual’s professional skills for a variety of roles in the field of addiction. Students selecting this program will gain the critical skills needed to provide intervention, counseling, detox referrals, and to facilitate groups in recovery programs.

  • Missions and church ministries with addictions focus
  • Educational, special population, and prevention programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • DUI programs
  • Intervention specialties
  • Social, medical model, and dual diagnosis treatment programs
  • Private practice
  • Clinical supervision, management, and administration
  • Addiction counseling mixed with various helping professions

How much with this program cost me?*

Tuition and fees: $12,000
Books and supplies: $1,552
On-campus room & board: not offered
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* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The program is designed to take 1 years to complete.

How many units are there in the program?

30 units total.

What is the cost per unit?

$400 per unit

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Certificate in Addiction Studies


San Jose Campus Contact

3031 Tisch Way, Plaza East, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95128

Phone: (800) 205-6100
Fax: (669) 400-7118


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