The BA program has now added an Addiction Studies concentration to its Liberal Arts curriculum. The new concentration is set to enroll students this fall and will prepare students to effectively address the trauma created by addiction, which can include domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and sexual abuse. Students will become advocates for healing and transformation, employing prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies that utilize the client’s own strengths.
“The Addiction Studies concentration provides a unique opportunity for students to gain an advanced education in a profession that is rapidly growing,” says Drew Williams, who is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor III and AULA Addiction Studies steering committee member. “Equally as important, AULA students will obtain the broad liberal education necessary to address the many needs of individuals challenged by addiction.”
AULA will be one of the first universities to offer a full concentration in this discipline. Although many states require individuals working in the addiction treatment profession to possess a master’s in counseling or other related degree, California only requires addiction treatment professionals to be certified through one of several certifying bodies. But this is quickly changing and AULA is one of the first to answer the call for higher education for addiction treatment personnel.
The Addiction Studies concentration curriculum is designed to reflect cutting-edge and real-time advances in addiction treatment and mental health professions. The curriculum fulfills the educational requirements necessary for credentialing as a certified addiction treatment counselor in the state of California. The concentration consists of 15 courses totaling 45 units and provides appropriately challenging coursework that offers upper division scholarship for an advanced education in addiction studies. Students will also have an opportunity to count prior learning and independent study units toward the concentration requirement.
A launch event entitled “Higher Education for the Addiction Treatment Profession: Antioch University Los Angeles Answering the Call” will be held on Friday, May 10. The keynote speaker is Dr. Darryl Inaba, author of Uppers, Downers, All Arounders. Also presenting is Dr. Lori Phelps, Director of the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators, author of Intervention, Treatment & Recovery, and Charley Lang, MFT, from Antioch University, presenting on postmodern approaches to addiction counseling. There is no cost for the event and lunch will be served. Please see the calendar for details.