certificate

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

Learn the skills and acquire knowledge to be an effective substance use disorder counselor. Help clients identify and change beliefs and behaviors connected to addiction.

This program is perfect for...

  • Aspiring substance use disorder counselors
  • Students preparing for graduate studies in marriage and family therapy, clinical social work, or psychology
  • Allied health professionals who want to learn substance abuse counseling skills
  • Criminal justice and law enforcement professionals

What you can learn.

  • Vital knowledge and practical skills to successfully counsel clients in with substance use disorders
  • The educational requirements for certification through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)

About this program.

counseling session

Addiction is one of the most pressing public health challenges in society today. With nearly 21 million Americans suffering from substance use disorders—a number that is greater than all cancer diagnoses combined—the scope of this under-recognized and under-addressed issue is daunting, and there is an urgent need for competent and knowledgeable counselors.

UCLA Extension’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate has prepared over 800 students for professional certification and careers in substance use disorder counseling to help address this serious issue. 

From classrooms to counseling sessions

Our program prepares individuals interested in getting started in the field, as well as those already working in it, to identify addiction-related behaviors and help clients find their motivation to change using evidence-based practices. Students emerge with a comprehensive set of skills to help clients identify and change beliefs and behaviors connected to addiction, counsel clients and families, and participate in treatment planning.

The UCLA difference

UCLA Extension works collaboratively with the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, as well as the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, ensuring we provide the most current, relevant, and scientifically sound curriculum and training available.

Our students participate in a supervised field work practicum, where they not only have the opportunity to put their skills into practice, but are able to contribute to the community while still in school. Further, graduates meet the requirements for professional certification through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).

Show More

A rewarding career awaits.

What our certificates have done for our students.

85%

feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program

50%

switched careers after completing a certificate program

85%

recommend a certificate program to others

Expect more from your education.

Learn from Industry Leaders

"There is so much growth and opportunity in this program..."

Betsy Spier
Info Session

Join us and learn more!

Wednesday, September 4, 6:30–8 p.m.
UCLA Extension Gayley Center, Westwood

RSVP

I can’t thank UCLA Extension enough for launching my counseling career. I received excellent training from the program’s knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. UCLA Extension’s reputation has opened many doors for me. I now have the privilege of doing work that I love through facilitating groups at rehabs in the Los Angeles area and working as a counselor and case manager.

Certificate Graduate
California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) logo

The UCLA Extension Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate is approved by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals Education Institute (CCAPP-EI).

Courses

Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required
COM HLT X 470.10
Typically Offered: Summer
COM HLT X 470.11
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
COM HLT X 470.6
Typically Offered: Summer
COM HLT X 470.7
Typically Offered: Winter
COM HLT X 470.8
Typically Offered: Spring
COM HLT X 470.9
Typically Offered: Spring
COM HLT X 470.1
Typically Offered: Fall
COM HLT X 470.3
Typically Offered: Summer
COM HLT X 470.4
Typically Offered: Fall
COM HLT X 470.5
Typically Offered: Fall
see all courses

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate program includes:

  • A convenient schedule that allows completion of all required courses in 1½ years (6 quarters) if coursework begins in the fall
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses to sit for the CCAPP certification exam
  • Over 343 hours of education
  • 255 Supervised Field Work Practicum hours

Additional benefits exclusive to UCLA Extension certificate students:

  • Access to Handshake, UCLA Career Center’s online job board, with access to thousands of job and internship postings
  • Become a member of the UCLA Alumni Association (upon completing your certificate) and a nationwide network of Bruin family
  • Join us for the annual UCLA Extension Graduation Ceremony on campus to celebrate all your hard work 
  • Get access to UCLA Recreation facilities as a student affiliate*
  • Open an affiliate/Guest UCLA Bruin ID Card* for a number of student-related benefits
  • PLUS, all UCLA Extension students have access to UCLA Extension’s Career Resources including online career coaching, workshops and networking events
*Nominal fee required 

All prospective certificate candidates must complete an application process prior to enrolling in program courses.

To apply:

  1. Apply for the certificate candidacy by clicking "Apply Now" below
  2. Enroll in and attend the New Student Orientation 
  3. Enroll in and complete the Study Skills course 

    Students with an AA/BA/BS degree are eligible to waive the Study Skills course requirement. Please send us an official, sealed transcript from your institution to the following mailing address:

    UCLA Extension
    Department of Humanities and Sciences
    1145 Gayley Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90024-3439

Upon completion of steps 1-3, successful applicants will be assessed a $125 nonrefundable candidacy fee, payable once permission to enroll in the program is granted

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee

125.00

Estimated Program Tuition

7764.00

Estimated program textbook/materials

920.00

*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

Practical training is offered through fieldwork experience—including an opportunity to participate in a two-quarter Supervised Field Work Practicum course.

Both experiential and didactic, this practicum incorporates information learned in prerequisite courses and serves as the capstone experience in the curriculum. Students spend 255 hours in direct agency internship, and complete 18 classroom sessions that utilize role playing, case studies and other exercises to troubleshoot counseling issues.

Students are encouraged to research facilities of interest to them at the beginning of their coursework, and must secure their field work practicum site and complete paperwork prior to enrolling in the Supervised Field Work Practicum course.

Learn more

The Zappala Family Scholarship, established in 2013, supports students enrolled in the UCLA Extension Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate.

When it comes to the cycle of addiction, skilled and well-trained substance use disorder counselors make all the difference in the lives of those who struggle with the disease. This scholarship was created to provide qualified individuals the opportunity to pursue professional careers as addiction counselors.

The Zappala family has been personally touched by the devastating effects of addiction and strongly believes in supporting the education of those seeking to help individuals and families overcome addiction, achieve recovery, and return to a healthy way of living. Thanks to the support of qualified and compassionate counselors, a member of the Zappala family successfully received treatment for addiction, rebuilt a sober life, and later pursued his own career in substance use disorder counseling after completing his certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling at UCLA Extension. In gratitude for that support, the Zappala family offers assistance to those pursuing careers in substance use disorder counseling to ensure that expert counselors are readily available for other families like theirs.

Download application
Please note: applications for Fall 2019 are no longer being accepted
Smiling woman at group therapy session

When substance abuse is addressed, healing begins.

The UCLA Extension Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate is one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind. Not only does it provide students with a thorough education and fundamental skillset, it also applies these tools in a real world setting. We hope you'll join us. 

Download our brochure, or contact us for more information.

Download Brochure

The UCLA Extension Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate meets the educational requirements for those seeking professional certification from the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and its certification board, CCAPP Credentialing

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Programs you may also like...

Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Health Care & Counseling-General

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning