Addiction & Recovery Counseling

Students in a Drug & Alcohol certificate class
Craig Wenzl and Tandy Iles
Students in a class

Our Mission

The goal of the Addiction & Recovery Counseling Program is to prepare students to become counselors with strong competencies in drug and alcohol addiction, prevention and treatment. We focus on meeting the needs of diverse and low-income urban communities, using a harm reduction approach. We are committed to providing:

-Knowledge of the current trends of drug education, prevention and policy

-Skills to work with people and systems in clinical settings

-Skills to apply research and theory within diverse settings

Our vision statement:  "Transform life experiences into the skills for successful work in the field. Guide students in their journey from passive learners to active participants. Nurture the growth of lifelong learners while embracing their diverse backgrounds and communities."

Who We Are

The Addiction & Recovery Counseling Program is housed in the Health Education Department at the Ocean Campus of City College of San Francisco. An active Community Advisory Board of practitioners, program faculty and staff, graduates, and community members provides input on all aspects of the program.

Our faculty members are committed to working with students of all backgrounds to ensure success.  We provide a variety of resources, including Student Success classes and assistance for students who are returning to school after interrupted academic histories.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Demonstrate the ethical and professional skills necessary for employment as a substance abuse treatment counselor in health care settings
  2. Work with diverse populations drawing upon client-centered counseling skills, harm reduction and motivational counseling concepts as well as cultural humility
  3. Discuss and evaluate the impact research has on the Drug and Alcohol field
  4. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for the Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor Certificate Exam