Antioch University Los Angeles Adds New Concentration in Addiction Studies
Culver City, CA—April 3, 2013 – Antioch University Los Angeles’ BA in Liberal Arts program has launched an Addiction Studies concentration. The new concentration, set to enroll students this fall, 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 at Antioch University Los Angeles provides a unique opportunity for students to gain an advanced education in a profession that is growing rapidly. Equally as important, students will obtain the broad liberal education necessary to address the many needs of individuals challenged by addiction,” says Drew Williams, who is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor III and Addiction Studies steering committee member. “Students entering the concentration have an opportunity to become advocates for transformation and healing, offering the addiction treatment profession, and our world, valuable new resources.”
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.
AULA will be one of the first universities to offer a full concentration (major). 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.
“We feel it’s critical for addiction professionals to understand the broad context in which they find themselves,” says Mehee Hyun, co-chair of the BA in Liberal Arts program at AULA. “How do you work with clients without understanding the social, economic, and political circumstances that impact their histories, realities, and treatment issues? Antioch University also offers a unique opportunity for students to individualize their degree programs and to take an active part in contributing to the learning process. We try to give our students the tools so that they won’t just learn about the field, but that they will contribute to new learning that will influence the field.”
The Addiction Studies concentration will host a launch event, Higher Education for the Addiction Treatment Profession: Antioch University Los Angeles Answering the Call, on Friday, May 10, 2013 from 11:30am to 3:30pm. 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. It will take place on the AULA campus at 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230. Anyone wishing to attend must RSVP to email@example.com by 5/1/13.
The job outlook for substance abuse counselors is excellent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Employers generally seek individuals with advanced education and training in the science and practice of chemical addiction and counseling. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow 34 percent through 2016. (U.S. Department of Labor, December 10, 2008).
Established in 1972, AULA’s bachelor’s degree completion program is designed for returning, adult students. In addition to the new Addiction Studies concentration, the BA program’s structured major areas of concentration include; Business and Social Entrepreneurship, Creative Writing, Liberal Studies, Psychology, and Urban Community and Environment. BA students also have the option to round out their education with a minor concentration in either LGBT/Queer Studies or Child Studies. Together with a faculty mentor, AULA students can also design a program to create unique major and minor concentrations.
AULA offers prior learning credit for college-level learning acquired outside of a classroom. BA students may also choose a fast-track option into most of AULA’s innovative master’s programs. By taking certain fast track classes that count toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree, students can earn master’s as much as two quarters sooner than in a traditional program.
About Antioch University Los Angeles
Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution and part of the Antioch University system, has served the greater Los Angeles area for 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the BA degree completion program and master’s degree programs in Organizational Management, Education and Teacher Credentialing, Psychology, Creative Writing, and Urban Sustainability.
Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. www.AntiochLA.edu