About the Certificate

Addiction & Recovery Counseling Certificate at CCSF

The Addiction & Recovery Counseling Certificate at City College of San Francisco is a 31.5-unit program, which emphasizes a public health, harm reduction approach that addresses community, social/economic and individual factors of addiction. We believe the main strategy for addressing addiction should be treatment on demand, expanded education and employment opportunities. All of our classes are offered in the evenings and the Certificate takes approximately 2 years to complete. Credits are applicable towards a CCSF Associate Degree and are transferable to CSU.  This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services (BHS).

All courses have been developed in accordance with the CCAPP guidelines.  Students who want to enter the program must first complete HLTH 100 with a final grade of C or higher prior to moving forward in the program.  Progression through the program requires completion of classes with a grade of C or higher before advancing to the next level.  All courses in this Certificate are transferable to the CSUs.

State Certification through CCAPP

The CCSF Addiction & Recovery Counseling Certificate is accredited by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP, visit them on the web at https://www.ccapp.us/) . Successful completion of the 31.5-unit Certificate Program is the first step towards California State Certification as a Drug & Alcohol counselor.  Once the student has received their certificate from City College, they will be eligible to take the certification exam through CCAPP.  Once they successfully complete the exam, they will be expected to submit all the necessary paperwork, including a copy of their completed field work hours in order to be certified as a Subtance Use Disorder counselor in the state of California.  These requirements meet the regulations by the California Department of Substance Use Disorder-Program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Addiction & Recovery Counseling Certificate will find opportunities in treatment and prevention programs such as:

-Inpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

-Outpatient Substance Use DisorderTreatment Programs

-Men’s & Women’s Residential Programs

-Education & Prevention

-Harm Reduction Recovery Programs

-Criminal Justice System Counseling Programs

-Juvenile Services

-Gang Prevention

-Mental Health Services

-Social Model Recovery Programs

The Certificate is also designed for in-service development of professionals already working in health and human services.

Teaching Methodology

The curriculum for the Addiction & Recovery Counseling Certificate is reality-based and student-centered.  We emphasize a harm reduction approach that addresses community, social/economic and individual factors of addiction.  We are committed to developing professional skills in the field of Substance Use Disorder.  Great effort is made to keep the curriculum current and reflective of prevalent trends and issues in the field.  A distinguished and diverse teaching team leads classes and internships with extensive experience in the field of addiction and recovery.