Western Seminary Addiction Studies Certificate

Addiction Studies Certificate

Western Seminary's Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) program addresses the need for recovery services in our churches and communities by combining theoretical recovery constructs with professional experience and personal transformation. Based on the Seminary's gospel-centered approach, seasoned faculty help students develop specialized knowledge and professional skills for a wide range of addiction counseling professions and Christian ministries. It is specifically designed to prepare individuals to test for state certified and licensed organizations such as California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and the NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.




 credits of theory,
skill and practice

Earn a certificate


In as little as one year





All courses offered exclusively at
 San Jose Campus




What Sets Our Recovery Training Apart?

  • A CAADAC, CCBADC, and CFAAP approved program that serves as a direct pathway to certification or licensure in a variety of recovery roles
  • Thorough integration of Christian worldview with recovery theory and skill sets
  • Spend three semesters in supervised counseling practicum, caring for actual clients
  • M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy students may add the Addiction Studies Certificate by completing just eight more credits



Accessible Scheduling

The Addiction Studies Certificate may be completed in as little as one year's time through convenient mid-week evening and weekend courses. These scheduling solutions allow students to minimize travel to campus and maintain their family, church and work commitments.


Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A foundational knowledge of psychology
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials
  • An interview with the Marital and Family Therapy Program Director

If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative Addiction Studies Certificate admission options.

The Addiction Studies Certificate impacted my life in such a positive manner because I was able to identify areas in my life and environment needing change. My training and clinical experiences prepared me for CAADAC certification...It is awesome to see lives transformed and lasting change happen.

Margaret Walker, LMFTAddiction Studies Certificate GraduateSaratoga, California