Addiction Studies

The philosophy of the new Addiction Studies concentration is to de-pathologize individuals struggling with addiction (and its co-occurring disorders), and to provide an in-depth understanding of the impact of diverse addictions on the individual, family, and community. This concentration prepares students to effectively address the trauma from which many individuals struggling with addiction suffer, which can include domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and sexual abuse. Students learn to become advocates for healing and transformation, employing prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies that utilize the client’s own strengths.


The Addiction Studies Concentration curriculum is designed to fulfill the educational requirements necessary for credentialing as a certified addiction treatment counselor in the state of California and to provide appropriately challenging coursework that will offer upper division scholarship in addiction studies.

Core Courses

  • The Psychology of Addiction
  • Integrating Addiction Counseling Proficiencies
  • Addiction and Human Development
  • The Science of Psychopharmacology
  • Theories of Addiction
  • Addiction and Marginalized Populations

Elective Courses and Workshops

  • Addiction and Family Dynamics
  • Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Group Facilitation for Addiction Counselors
  • Process and the Addiction Counselor
  • Post Modern Approaches to Addiction Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling: Models of Practice
  • Counseling Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders
  • Addiction in Literature and Film