The need for trained substance abuse and behavioral counselors has increased in recent years, and Cal State East Bay’s Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program prepares participants for careers in this fast-growing field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors is projected to grow 31 percent by 2022 — nearly three times the average growth rate (11 percent) for all other occupations.
Cal State East Bay’s Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program is one of only five in the state, and one of only two programs in Northern California to receive accreditation from the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the largest alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) certification organization.
Currently, students enrolled in CSUEB’s Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate can choose between two different certificate track options, depending on their individual background and goals. The CAADAC Track includes a comprehensive training program for those who are new to the addiction counseling field, and the CSUEB Certificate Track is designed for licensed therapists, nurses, social workers, and probation/correctional professionals with an established practice or caseload of clients who have co-existing alcohol and/or drug problems.
Participants can expect to complete the program within 12 to 24 months, depending on their chosen certificate track.
Winter classes start in January. For more information visit the Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program website.