Addiction Studies Certificate

Addiction Studies Certificate

As addiction runs rampant in our society and our churches, the Christian community needs to respond with both biblical truth and clinical competence. Our Addiction Studies Certificate (ASC) addresses this need by offering you state of the art addiction treatment education taught by faculty with experience unmatched in the field. This program equips you to work with substance abuse, dependency, sexual addiction, and a variety of other addictions as a licensed therapist, lay leader, or pastor. You’ll be prepared to work in counseling settings, mental health centers, rehabilitation programs, pastoral ministry, and church sponsored recovery groups. This foundation allows you to achieve advanced certifications from organizations like the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).




credits of theory,
skill and practice



Graduate in as little as one year





San Jose

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What Sets Our Recovery Training Apart?

  • A CCAPP, 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
  • MA in Counseling students or grads may add the Addiction Studies specialization by completing 5-8 more credits

Addiction is so important for us to study as Christians because the gospel is all about change.

Zach Diestler

Zach Diestler
Counseling student



See a list of courses

Counseling Studies: 30 credits
AC530 Addiction Studies Practicum 1
AC531 Addiction Studies Internship I 1
AC532 Addiction Studies Internship II 1
AC541 Addictive Behavior: Treatment and Counseling 2
AC542 Advanced Addiction Counseling 2
AC543 Addiction Group Dynamics 1
CN500 Professional Orientation 1
CN501 Clinical Foundations: The Helping Relationship 2
CN504 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention 1
CN506 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
CN513 Multicultural Counseling: Theory and Techniques 3
CN517 Physiology and Psychopharmacology 3
CN519 Addiction Counseling 3
CN520 Group Counseling 3
CN521 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 3

Accessible Scheduling

You may complete the Addiction Studies Certificate in as little as one year's time through convenient mid-week evening and weekend courses. These scheduling solutions allow you to minimize travel to campus and maintain your family, church and work commitments.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an 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 local Counseling Program Director

If you do not meet one of these requirements, we invite you to contact an Admissions Counselor to explore alternative Addiction Studies Certificate admission options.

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