Human Services: Addiction Studies, Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

This program is designed for students who are interested in career enhancement and certification in addiction counseling. Students completing this Career Pathway Certificate fulfill the 150 hours of drug and alcohol education required by the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) for a CADC I (Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor). State certification also requires successfully completing 1000 hours of supervised practice and a written exam. State certification requires a statement of recovery from individuals in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder; a Letter of Recovery Verification is needed for the CADC application. For information on the certification process visit the MHACBO website:

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Practice professional and ethical standards inherent in the human services field
  • Utilize skills of attending behavior, active listening, effective questioning techniques that align with theoretical orientations in the helping fields, while working with both individuals and groups
  • Exhibit competence in working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Conduct various assessments with regard to eligibility, service needs and problem resolution, commonly used in the human services field
  • Develop a plan of action for clients using a strengths-based approach to link people with community resources
  • Utilize technology and digital resources for educational and career purposes
  • Exhibit and apply knowledge of substances of abuse, the process of addiction, prevention and treatment

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and meet the residency requirements at the college.
  • 90 college-level credit hours.
  • All courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HS150 Personal Effectiveness 3
HS155 Interviewing Theory and Techniques 4
HS228 Infectious Diseases 1
HS224 Group Counseling Skills 4
HS221 Co-Occurring Disorders 4
HS226 Ethics And Law 1
PSY243 Drugs and Behavior 3
 Total Credits20