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Chemical Dependency Studies


The cutting-edge techniques and skills you need to successfully treat substance abuse and help to advance the fast-growing and rewarding field of addiction counseling from an established, affordable program designed for working adults.

 
 

Innovative Treatment Methods with Real-World Application

Reach your professional goals with a program that is tailored to fit your unique needs. Whether you seek training for an entry-level position in the field or are looking to advance in your current position, Cal State East Bay has an option for you. You’ll enjoy learning the latest and most innovative treatment methods from seasoned instructors, many of whom run their own private practices or recovery centers.

CAADAC

Accredited by California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC)

BRN Approved

Approved by Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for BRN credit, (BRN provider #10351), Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) credit, and CAADAC credit

Convenience for Professionals

Classes are held on weekends, making the program an easy fit for working adults


My experience was awesome. I had some really great teachers who really helped me through the process and made the journey very enjoyable, as well as informative. I would highly recommend this program.

Ken JohnsonClass of 2014

Unique Training that Puts You on the Fast Track to Success

Cal State East Bay’s Chemical Dependency Studies program is one of only five in the state and one of only two programs in Northern California to receive accreditation from CAADAC, which means you will be able to have your portfolios immediately accepted by CAADAC instead of individually reviewed and challenged by their Review Board.



With a certificate from a CAADAC-certified program, you will instantly gain national and international recognition for your professional training and education and be considered an expert in your field.

Be an Agent of Change


A career where you can help people and make a real difference.

Looking for a career that allows you to help people and make a positive difference daily? As a professional substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor, you’ll be able to lend your expertise in a variety of fields, including outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, correctional facilities, nursing and residential care facilities, individual and family services, and local government agencies.

Occupational Trends

$38-60k Salary

The median annual wage for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $38,520 in May 2012 and the top 10% earned more than $60,000.
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

30% Growth

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that insurance providers cover treatment for mental health issues, employment of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors is projected to grow 31% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Top Industries

State, local, and private Health Care, hospitals, Social Assistance, and Government were the top industries for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors in 2012.
—American Job Center Network

A Vibrant Community for Good

Join the list of accomplished Cal State East Bay graduates who are actively working with drug and alcohol abusers as counselors, therapists, nurses, and probations and corrections officers. Some graduates have even successfully developed their own recovery centers after completing the program.


I've been hired by and working with one of the professors for over five years. The CAADAC certification is highly regarded in the field and I believe that it has opened many doors for me.

Harvey GoodsteinClass of 2008

The instructors are great and very informative. It gave me a sense of assurance when I heard the instructors were working in the field. Hearing their stories on their own recovery process and programs that they have put together was great.

Razika BegumClass of 2015

I've started and/or run five drug treatment programs, including a program at San Quentin State Prison. The field had evolved since I began working in it. I'm very glad to be picking up on the newest technologies.

Stevan GengoClass of 2014

Program Objectives

Graduate with the expertise you need to succeed in your chosen career path, including:

 

The knowledge and expertise necessary to meet the minimum state requirements for addiction counseling.

 

Cutting-edge techniques for working with your clients and the foundation necessary to advance in the field.

 

The most advanced and comprehensive training and professional development, making you an ideal candidate for higher-level counseling positions.

With Flexibility and Convenience, Life Goes On . . .

Classes are conveniently held on weekends at the Hayward Hills Campus and the downtown Oakland Center, making the program an easy fit for your busy work schedule. Choose between two tracks designed to meet your goals, or take any courses individually to fulfill professional development and continuing education requirements. Depending on your background and career goals, the program offers distinct options to fit your unique needs:

CAADAC Track

If you want to take advantage of the most comprehensive and respected training program available, you should pursue the prestigious CAADAC Track.

CSUEB Certificate Track

If you are a licensed therapist, nurse, social worker, or probation or correctional professional with a practice or caseload of clients who have co-existing alcohol and/or drug problems, you should pursue the CSUEB Certificate Track.


CAADAC Track Curriculum

Recommended if you seek to enter the substance abuse counseling field and want the most comprehensive and rigorous training available.

Certificate Requirements

To earn your certificate in Chemical Dependency Studies, CAADAC Track, you must complete twelve required units, and a 255-hour practicum. You must receive a "C" grade or above for a class to apply towards the certificate. This program can be completed in 18-24 months.

For complete information on the CAADAC certification process or to order a CAADAC handbook, call (916) 368-9412 or write CAADAC, 3400 Bradshaw Road, Suite A5, Sacramento, CA 95827.

Required Courses

CourseUnits
EPSY 7616: Certification Seminar in Chemical Dependency Studies 1
EPSY 7617: Behavioral Pharmacology 3
EPSY 7625: Case Management in Chemical Dependency Treatment 1.5
EPSY 7635: Theories of Chemical Dependency 4
EPSY 7636: Treatment and Recovery Issues in Chemical Dependency 4
EPSY 7675: Counselor Burnout 1.5
EPSY 7678: Relapse Prevention 1.5
EPSY 7681: Law and Ethics in Chemical Dependency 1.5
EPSY 7684-HA: Supervised Field Practicum* 1.5
EPSY 7684-HB: Supervised Field Practicum* 3
EPSY 7685: Basic Counseling Skills I 2
EPSY 7686: Basic Counseling Skills II 2
EPSY 7687: Gender, Culture, Lifespan and Lifestyle Issues 4
EPSY 7688: Chemical Dependency and the Family 1.5

*You will enroll in the Practicum twice. First for 1.5 units, then enroll for the remaining 3 units in the quarter when the Practicum will be completed.

Course schedules, including the quarters courses are offered in, are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on courses currently being offered, visit the course details page.


CSUEB Certificate Track Curriculum

Recommended if you are a licensed therapist, nurse, social worker, or probation or correctional professional with a practice or caseload of clients who have co-existing alcohol and/or drug problems.

Certificate Requirements

To earn your certificate in Chemical Dependency Studies, CSUEB Certificate Track, you must complete seven required courses and six units of elective coursework. You must receive a "C" grade or above for a class to apply towards the certificate. You can complete this program in 12-18 months.

Required Courses

CourseUnits
EPSY 7636: Treatment and Recovery Issues in Chemical Dependency 4
EPSY 7687: Gender, Culture, Lifespan and Lifestyle Issues 4
EPSY 7635 Theories of Chemical Dependency 4
EPSY 7685: Basic Counseling Skills I 2
EPSY 7686: Basic Counseling Skills II 2
EPSY 7617: Behavioral Pharmacology* 3
EPSY 7616: Certification Seminar in Chemical Dependency Studies 1

* May be taken anytime within the sequence prior to EPSY 7616.

Elective Courses

CourseUnits
EPSY 7400: Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: An Integrated Treatment Strategy for Addictive Disorders 1.5
EPSY 7500: Treatment Planning & Documentation in Addiction Treatment 1.5
EPSY 7501: Spirituality in Recovery 1.5
EPSY 7619: Problems of Youth and Chemical Dependency 1.5
EPSY 7624: Diagnosis, Dual-Diagnosis, and Assessment 1.5
EPSY 7625: Case Management and Chemical Dependency Treatment 1.5
EPSY 7630: Use of Intervention in Chemical Dependency 1.5
EPSY 7631: Group Dynamics for Chemical Dependency Counselors 1.5
EPSY 7641: Process Addiction 1.5
EPSY 7646: Chemical Dependency in the Workplace 1.5
EPSY 7675: Counselor Burnout 1.5
EPSY 7678: Relapse Prevention 1.5
EPSY 7681: Law and Ethics of Chemical Dependency Treatment 1.5
EPSY 7688: Chemical Dependency and the Family 1.5
EPSY 7689: Sexuality and Addiction 1.5
EPSY 7691: Working with Chemical Dependency in Private Practice 1.5

All courses listed are approved for the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Credit (BRN provider #10351), Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) Credit, and CAADAC Credit and can be taken individually without enrollment in a certificate track.

Course schedules, including the quarters courses are offered in, are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on courses currently being offered, visit the course details page.

Jeannie Anderson

LAADC

CADC II

NCAC I

ACRPS

ICADC

Jeannie Anderson

LAADC, CADC II, NCAC I

Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Jeannie Anderson has worked in the addiction and recovery field since 1988. She has worked in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and dual diagnosis settings. Anderson is a counselor, a teacher, a trainer, an Interventionist, and a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist. She currently works as a counselor for CRC Health Services, one of the largest addiction treatment providers in the country. She was an addictions counselor at Good Samaritan Hospital's Behavioral Health Outpatient Department and the Continuing Care Coordinator at Bayside Marin in San Rafael. 

In addition to substance abuse, she specializes in working with individuals with eating disorders and sexual addiction. Anderson maintains a private counseling, intervention and consulting practice in Los Gatos, CA and works as a consultant/counselor for the online treatment program Lion Rock Recovery. She is dynamic, inspirational, and highly motivational.

Anderson teaches Relapse Prevention and Sexuality and Addiction, Counselor Burnout, Case Management, and CD and the family.

Peter Caldwell

peter.caldwell@csueastbay.edu

MS in Counseling Psychology
Cal State East Bay

Peter Caldwell

MS

I've been teaching these courses for 25 years and I still get excited every time I walk into the classroom. It's an honor and a thrill to see students question the fundamental components of the ways they interact.

Pete Caldwell has been teaching the Basic Counseling I and II core curriculum classes since 1989.  A Bay Area native, Caldwell received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his Masters in Counseling Psychology from CSUEB and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at numerous institutions throughout northern California.  He has been licensed as an MFT for the past 20 years providing therapeutic services to the types of clients his students plan to serve.  He is also the executive director of We Care Services for Children; an East Bay non-profit addressing the mental health and developmental needs of at-risk children.

Mary Crocker Cook

LMFT

LAADC

CADCII

Mary Crocker Cook

LMFT, LAADC, CADC II

There is nothing more exciting and satisfying to me than seeing a recovering person recognize that they can ‘play school’ and win. Education is the best self-esteem program in the world!

Mary Crocker Cook is a 25 year veteran in the addiction and recovery field. She developed and coordinates the San Jose City College ADS Program, has served as Clinical Director in multiple treatment facilities, and has owned her own facility. She administers the on-line training site, www.counselorceu.org and has recently opened a classroom for counselors to provide continuing education, Connections Continuing Education Institute, www.cceui.com.

Mary has authored several texts used in addiction education. These include Awakening Hope. A Development. Behavioral, Biological Approach to Codependency; Afraid to Let Go. For Parent of Adult Addicts and Alcoholics; Codependency and Men; and her new novel, Welcome to My World. A week in the life of a substance abuse counselor.

Benjamin Eiland

BA in Anthropology and Psychology
California State University Chico

Masters in Organizational Psychology 
J.F.K. University

CATC IV

CATE

CHT

Benjamin Eiland

MA, CATC IV, CATE, CHT

I have dedicated my academic career to improve the understanding of addiction in all of its forms and I believe all students are brilliant, as an educator it is my job to help them see it for themselves.

Ben Eiland has been in the Chemical Dependency Treatment and Behavioral Health field for over 39 years.

He currently is the Director of Integrated Healing at Alta Mira Recovery Programs and previously the Clinical Director in Sausalito, CA.

He was the Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services for the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic.
He is the founder and former Co-Director of Integrated Counseling and Consulting Services specializing in domestic violence and substance abuse problems. Eiland has previously held positions as the director of inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs that serve both adults and adolescents.

Eiland has been a trainer and consultant in such areas as chemical dependency treatment, co-occurring disorders treatment, domestic and workplace violence, drugs in the workplace, conflict resolution/team building, board development, and cultural/gender diversity.

He has provided training and consulting for such diverse organizations as the American Indian Training Institute, California Rural Indian Health Board, Independent Adoption Center, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Maui Social Services, Hayward Unified School District, the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Departments of Probation and Parole, and the San Francisco Bar Association.

Eiland has taught at a variety of Educational Institutions and is currently an Adjunct Faculty College of San Mateo since 1999. He has also taught at J.F.K. University and U.C. Berkeley Extension addiction certificate program.

Eiland is a founding member of the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) and is their past president. He is currently on the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs “Continuum of Services System Re-engineering Task Force”. In addition, he served on the National Recovery Month Partnership Committee in Washington DC, sponsored by SAMHSA.

He has held the position of Vice President for the Cross Roads Chapter of E.AP.A. He has also served on the Board of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. He was appointed to the Aging Constituent Committee Directors Advisory Council California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (2003-2008) , and is the past president of the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE).

Adriana Popescu

MA
Ph.D.
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

Adriana Popescu

MA, Ph.D.

One of my greatest joys is teaching and training future clinicians. I see myself as a catalyst for students to discover new capacities and possibilities within themselves and others, which then allows them to create greater change in the world.

Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She received her MA and Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, a program that takes a holistic approach to the training of psychotherapists, teaching them how to help clients self-actualize and reach their highest human potential. Dr. Popescu is also a certified hypnotherapist, Access Consciousness Facilitator, and Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner, having discovered that Energy Psychology provides incredibly powerful tools to identify and eliminate the deep-rooted causes of suffering and distress. She developed her specialty in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders over fourteen years at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, where she managed the Adult Substance Abuse Program, as Director of Outpatient Services at Marin Services for Women, and Director of Outpatient Services at Alta Mira Recovery Programs. Dr. Popescu is currently in private practice and travels around the world coaching and facilitating classes.

Dee Dee Stout

BA in Psychology and Human Sexuality
San Francisco State University

MA in Health Counseling
San Francisco State University

California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor—Level II (CADC-II)

Dee Dee Stout

MA, CADC II

People don't resist change; they resist being changed.

Dr. Peter Senge
MIT

Dee-Dee Stout, MA, CADC-II brings nearly 30 years of experience in behavior change/addictive behaviors to her faculty positions at CSU Monterey Bay and in her return to Cal State East Bay. Stout maintains a busy practice (Dee-Dee Stout Consulting) consulting, counseling, and coaching consumers and agencies especially in the areas of trauma, alternative/complementary practices, and reducing the harmful effects of behaviors including responsible drinking (see http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov). She is certified in iRest and Energy Tapping and has extensive training/expertise in Motivational Interviewing (member of MINT), CRAFT, Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed work, LGBTQI-issues, Relapse Prevention, and more. Stout is known for her wicked sense of humor and her ability to make complex theories accessible to all.

Ebony M. Williams

BA in Exercise Science
UC Davis

MA in Sport Psychology
MA in Clinical Psychology

Doctorate in Psychology 
John F. Kennedy University

Ebony M. Williams

MA, Psy.D.

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.

An Oakland, CA native, Ebony Williams has worked extensively with LGBTQQIAA communities, people of color, individuals of low socioeconomic status, at-risk youth, and high-risk sexual offenders. She has a wide range of experiences, including working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation treating incarcerated male youth offenders. She has also worked internationally in New Zealand as the sole psychologist of a 21-bed inpatient unit where she incorporated NZ Maori practices and culture into the individual behavioral treatment plans of clients who were dually-diagnosed.

Roland Williams

MA

LAADC

NCACII

CADCII

ACRPS

SAP

Roland Williams

Coordinator of Chemical Dependency Studies, MA, LAADC, NCACII, CADC II, ACRPS, SAP

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. I try to help students develop practical, useful clinical skills and inspire them to be the best counselors they can be. I want them to leave my classes with effective knowledge and techniques that will help them to be successful and employable in the addiction industry.

Roland Williams is an interventionist, author, trainer, counselor, and consultant specializing in addiction-related issues. He is president and founder of Free Life Enterprises, providing counseling, intervention, and consulting services. He is director of Clinical Operations at DARA Thailand and clinical director at Lionrock Recovery, an online intensive outpatient program. He is a co-founder and former clinical director of Alta Mira Recovery Programs, and Bayside Marin, located in Marin County, CA. He is also a former director of Behavioral Health Services at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA.

As president and founder of VIP Recovery Coaching, Williams has worked all over the world providing individualized treatment and program development consultation. He consulted with the first abstinence based treatment center in Amsterdam, Holland. He has worked in Switzerland, Holland, Thailand, Costa Rica, France, Dominican Republic, and Italy, as well as nationwide in the US.

Williams sat on the oral examination board of CAADAC, (California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors), and is a member of the NAADAC Trainers Academy, providing technical assistance and training nationwide.

He has published three books: Relapse Prevention Counseling for African Americans and Relapse Warning Signs for African Americans (with Terence T. Gorski), as well as the Relapse Prevention Workbook for African Americans.

 
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Jeannie Anderson

Jeannie AndersonLAADC, CADC II, NCAC I

Peter Caldwell

Peter CaldwellMS

Mary Crocker Cook

Mary Crocker CookLMFT, LAADC, CADC II

Benjamin Eiland

Benjamin EilandMA, CATC IV, CATE, CHT

Adriana Popescu

Adriana PopescuMA, Ph.D.

Dee Dee Stout

Dee Dee StoutMA, CADC II

Ebony M. Williams

Ebony M. WilliamsMA, Psy.D.

Roland Williams

Roland WilliamsCoordinator of Chemical Dependency Studies, MA, LAADC, NCACII, CADC II, ACRPS, SAP

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program is open to all students who can satisfactorily complete the program coursework and meet the track-specific requirements:

  1. The CAADAC Track requires a minimum of a High School diploma or GED equivalent and a minimum of one year sobriety. It is strongly recommended that you have an AA degree or equivalent in units (56 semester or 84 quarter). You must also have taken a college level English writing course.
  2. The CSUEB Certificate Track requires an AA degree or an equivalent number of college units (56 semester or 84 quarter) and a minimum of one year sobriety.

Admission requirements must be met in order to pursue certification. However, you can take individual courses without formal admission to the certificate program. For complete details about the program and enrollment, please request information below.

Common Questions

Do I have to be admitted to the University to take courses in the Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program?

No. The certificate in Chemical Dependency Studies is offered through Cal State East Bay Continuing Education, which does not require University admissions for its programs. There may be, however, other admissions requirements associated with the Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program, which can be viewed on the Admission section.

What are the requirements to complete the Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program?

The requirements vary depending on the program track you choose. View program requirements for the CSUEB Certificate Track or CAADAC Track Curriculum on the Curriculum section.

How long will it take to complete the Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Program?

The coursework for this program can be completed in 12-24 months, depending on the track you select.

Which of the certificate tracks is best for me?

That really depends on your background, your career needs, and your career goals. If you have no certification, it's best to start with the CAADAC Track. For licensed therapists, nurses, and other human services professionals, the CSUEB Certificate Track is the best option.

Can I take the courses out of sequence?

It's best, but not required, to take the core courses in sequence. However, the electives can be taken at anytime.

Will other courses that I've taken be accepted for credit in the Chemical Dependency Certification Program?

This program demands that courses be focused on alcoholism and addiction. If you have taken other chemical dependency coursework, Program Coordinators are happy to review it and make a determination if it fits into the framework of courses.

What happens if I need to withdraw from a course?

Withdrawal and refund policies vary depending on the type of program in which you. Some Continuing Education programs have course-specific refund policies that supersede the standard refund policy. Please contact the Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the refund and drop policies, or click here for more details.

Financing

Is financial aid available for this program?

Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Chemical Dependency Studies

Ideal for: Those who seek to enter the substance abuse counseling field and need to meet minimum state requirements while getting the most comprehensive and rigorous training available

Licensed therapists, nurses, social workers, and probation or correctional professionals with a practice or caseload of clients who have co-existing alcohol and/or drug problems

Program format: In-person

Number of courses: 7+, depending on track

Program length: 12-24 months

Tuition costs: $3,603 – $4,643 (depending on track)
(Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

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