ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS STUDIES
The Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) major addresses a wide range of issues in the field of substance use and abuse through its degree and certificate course work. Students vary from recent high school graduates to working professionals with advanced college degrees. Students are able to apply and integrate their academic learning through required practicum experiences in various public and private agencies, institutions and businesses.
The AODS Program exceeds the minimal standards for AODS Programs established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These standards were identified by State of California legislation as meeting the educational requirements for counselor certification. Degree and certificate completers qualify to apply for certification through a variety of state-approved certification boards. Completion of the Associate of Science degree will assist students in obtaining entry-level employment, job promotion/salary increases or transfer to a four-year college or university. (Note: Transfer credit may be limited by California State campuses. Please consult your Mendocino College counselor or Transfer Center for more information).
Special Note: The Associate of Science degree in Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies signifies readiness for working as an entry-level substance abuse counselor, NOT as a “Licensed Addiction Therapist.” This title is typically used to denote an individual with a Masters or Doctoral degree with a specialization in Addiction Studies.
AOD 151 Alcohol and Drugs: Overview (3 units)
AOD/HUS 152 Basic Skills for Human Service Workers (3 units)
AOD 153 Physiological Effects of AOD (3 units)
AOD/HUS 154 Fundamentals of Interviewing & Counseling (3 units)
AOD/HUS 155 Group Leadership and Group Process (3 units)
AOD/HUS 156 Case Management and Documentation (3 units)
AOD/HUS 157 Dual Disorders and Mental Health Issues (2 units)
AOD 158 AOD Practicum Preparation (1.5 units)
AOD/HUS 159 Intervention Theory and Techniques (1.5 units)
AOD/HUS 160 Law, Ethics and Human Services (3 units)
AOD/HUS 161 Family Counseling Approaches (3 units)
AOD/HUS 162 Community Prevention Theory & Practice (3 units)
AOD/HUS 163 Professional Competency & Growth (2 units)
AOD 164 Field Placement Seminar I (1.5 units)
AOD 165 Field Placement Seminar II (1.5 units)
AOD 197A AOD Program Practicum (2-8 units)
Total units required for Certificate: 41
Program Level Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Certificate of Achievement will be able to:
- Demonstrate responsibility for their actions and work effectively as individuals and as members of a team.
- Analyze, understand and evaluate diverse ideas, beliefs and behaviors.
- Access, interpret, evaluate and synthesize information using multiple resources, including current information technology.
- Understand and demonstrate the core addiction counseling competencies as outlined in the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services/SAMHSA Technical Assistance Publication #21, which include, but are not limited to, the ability to:
- Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health and social effects of psychoactive substances on the user and significant others;
- Describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems;
- Tailor helping strategies and treatment modalities to the client's stage of dependence, change or recovery, as well as the personal and cultural identity and language of the client;
- Understand the importance of self-awareness in one's personal, professional and cultural life;
- Understand the addiction professional's obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship;
- Understand the importance of on-going supervision and continuing education in the delivery of client services;
- Demonstrate basic, entry-level competency in performing the core functions of a substance abuse counselor.
Gainful Employment Information
This information is provided to prospective students to help them make a better, more informed decision about a certificate program.
CIP Code: 51.1501
(Note: You may use the CIP code as a way to identify and compare similar programs at different colleges which may have different names.)
CIP Program Description: Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Program Name: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies
Program Level: Certificate of Achievement
Program Length: 4 semesters
The following table lists the ONET Code and ONET Title (SOC) for occupations related to this program
|ONET Code||ONET Title (SOC)
||Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
||Mental Health Counselors
Estimated Cost of Program: $1749.00 
Estimated Cost for Textbooks and Supplies: $743.57 
Mendocino College does not offer on-campus housing.
Number of students who completed this program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 3
Because of the low number of students completing this program, Mendocino College does not report:
- The percentage of completers with student debt;
- The median cumulative debt for completers in this program;
- The amount of Federal student loan debt;
- The amount of Private loan debt;
- The amount of Institutional financing plan debt;
- The number of students who completed the program within the normal program time;
This information is not reported in compliance with FERPA regulations.
Program length is expressed in semesters. There are two 17-week semesters each year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Length of time is calculated as the number of semesters it would take a student to complete the program unit requirements if they enrolled at the minimum full-time level of 12 units per semester. Students may be able to accelerate their progress by enrolling in more units per semester or enrolling in Summer session, if courses are available. Time to complete the program may be longer than the normal program length if a student requires remedial course work.
 Program cost is estimated based upon current unit cost (Fall 2012) of $46.00 per unit plus any additional Course Material Fees for required courses.
Textbook cost estimate is based upon retail cost of new textbooks purchased through the Mendocino College Bookstore. A student's actual cost may vary based upon the availability of used textbooks, rental textbooks or electronic text books.
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Created: June 14, 2011 @ 08:37 AM
Last Modified: June 27, 2012 @ 11:20 AM