Minor in Alcohol and

Drug Counseling

Interested in Alcohol and Drug Counseling?

The Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling prepares students to pursue alcohol and drug counselor credentialing with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Students who finish this minor complete the educational requirements for certified alcohol and drug counselors, and have the solid foundational knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to join an ever-expanding field that allows for bachelor-level entry. Note: There are other requirements to be met to qualify for the alcohol and drug counseling credential, as outlined and determined by the CCAPP.

Course Requirements

  • PSYC 280 (3 units) - Introduction to Alcohol & Drug Counseling

  • PSYC 451* (3 units) - Interventions in Counseling or PSYC 531 (3 units) - Ethics and Professional Issues

  • PSYC 455* (3 units) - Field Experience (128 practicum hours if pursuing credential; 100 hours if not)

  • PSYC 463 (3 units) - Drugs, Behavior, & Society

  • PSYC 464 (3 units) - Substance Abuse Assessment and Interventions

  • PSYC 466 (3 units) - Case Management in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

  • PSYC 485 (3 units) - Stress & Coping

  • PSYC 455 (3 units) - Field Experience (128 practicum hours if pursuing credential; 100 hours if not) or PSYC 542 (3 units) - Practicum 1

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Total 24 units

*Note: If a psychology major declares a Minor in Substance Abuse Counseling, only 3 units of PSYC 455 and 3 units of PSYC 463 can be used to meet the Major in Psychology requirements. That is, only 6 units can "double count" towards both the major and the minor, leaving psychology majos with 18 remaining units to complete for the minor.

Non-Credential & Credential Options for Students

1. Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (without pursuing CCAPP credential)

    • To fulfill the minor requirements, you need to complete the 24 units listed above.

    • Practicum hours completed in PSYC 455 need to total 100 hours/semester

    • Substance Abuse practicum site recommended (but not required)

2. Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (pursuing CCAPP credential)

    • To fulfill the minor requirements, you need to complete the 24 units listed above.

    • Practicum hours completed in PSYC 455 need to total 128 hours/semester (255 total hours)

    • Of the 255 total practicum hours, 21 hours must be completed within each of the 12 core competency areas (see Field Work Time Log).

    • Substance Abuse practicum site required for all practicum hours.

Any previous PSYC 455 credit does not meet CCAPP requirements because it likely did not meet the total time, site requirements, supervisor requirements, and time in each core competency.
    • Substance Abuse practicum includes supervision in compliance with CCAPP requirements (see Alcohol & Drug Site Requirements).

Process of Receiving Your CCAPP Certificate

  • Inform an appropriate faculty member that you wish to have your progress monitored and documented in light of CCAPP requirements.

Azusa campus: Dr. Collisson (bcollisson@apu.edu); San Diego/Murrieta Campus: Dr. Hoshiko (hhoshiko@apu.edu); OC/Monrovia Campus: Prof. Petersen (melaniepetersen@apu.edu); IE/High Desert: Dr. Holloway-Friesen (hfriesen@apu.edu); Online: Prof. Linsalato (rlinsalato@apu.edu)
  • Complete all Minor course requirements (see recommended sequencing)

  • Complete all field practicum experiences and hours at an appropriate site

Graduating students who have met all of the above requirements will be presented with a CCAPP certificate at the psychology department's graduation reception. The certificate allows students to pursue CCAPP credentialing.

Process of Receiving Your CCAPP Credential

After graduated students have earned their CCAPP certificate, they must:

  • Complete all work experience and hours required by CCAPP

Note that the required work experience/hours vary for CADC-1, CADC-II, & CADC-III. See CCAPP career ladder.
  • Earn a passing score on the IC&RC test for the credential level being pursued

  • Apply online for CCAPP certification

For more information and FAQ about credentialing, visit the CCAPP website and chat with professionals in the field.

Employment Opportunities

Students who Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, and meet all CCAPP certificate requirements (see pursuing CCAPP credential option above), are aligned well with careers as a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC) There are three levels of certified alcohol drug counselor (i.e., CADC I, II, III). Each level varies in regard to the required work experience hours to be completed and Bachelors degree obtained. Please see CCAPP career options website for the latest requirements.

Your Responsibility as a Student

The Psychology Department will provide you with the educational requirements for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and develop foundational knowledge, understanding, and skills used by those in the field.

However, the responsibility to know all of the latest CCAPP requirements for credentialing and pursue their attainment is on the student. Specifically, students pursuing CCAPP credentialing are responsible for:

    • Finding an appropriate practicum field site

    • Being evaluated by an appropriate supervisor

    • Monitoring and completing all 255 practicum hours

    • Monitoring and completing 21 hours in each core competency area (fitting with CCAPP requirements)

    • Saving all field logs and relevant information of field site, supervisor, and activities completed which will be later submitted when pursuing CCAPP certification

Course Sequencing

Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (without pursuing CCAPP credential):

        • Pre-Requisite Coursework:

              • PSYC 280 is a strongly suggested pre-requisite for PSYC 464 & 466.

              • The department strongly suggests all students, especially those not majoring in psychology, complete at least 12 units of psychology coursework (e.g., PSYC 280, 451, 463, 485) before taking PSYC 455.

        • Timeline for Completing Minor: Students can complete the requirements of the minor in any amount of time. The department recommends either the 3 or 4-semester plan below.

Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (pursuing CCAPP credential):

        • Pre-Requisite Coursework:

              • PSYC 280 is a strongly suggested pre-requisite for PSYC 464 & 466.

              • The department strongly suggests all students, especially those not majoring in psychology, complete at least 12 units of psychology coursework (e.g., PSYC 280, 450, 463, 485) before taking PSYC 455.

        • Timeline for Completing Minor: To maximize students' preparation for CCAPP credentialing, the department expects students pursuing the CCAPP credential to complete the minor requirements in either a 3 or 4-semester sequence.

            • 3-Semester Sequence Option

                • Semester 1 (Fall): PSYC 280, PSYC 451, PSYC 463

                • Semester 2 (Spring): PSYC 455, PSYC 464, PSYC 466

                • Semester 3 (Summer/Fall): PSYC 455, 485

            • 4-Semester Sequence Option

                • Semester 1 (Fall): PSYC 280, PSYC 451, PSYC 463

                • Semester 2 (Spring): PSYC 464, PSYC 466

                • Semester 3 (Summer/Fall): PSYC 455, 485

                • Semester 4 (Fall/Spring): PSYC 455

*The department will aim to offer the following courses in the following semesters. However, scheduling conflicts and faculty availability may necessitate changes.

Fall offerings: PSYC 280, 451, 455, 463, 485

Spring offerings: PSYC 455, 464, 466,

Summer offerings: PSYC 455