Human Services/Alcohol & Drug Studies

The Alcohol and Drug Studies program is the study of chemical addiction and treatment. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in alcohol and drug studies commonly include supervised alcohol and drug counseling. Even students who choose not to major in alcohol and drug studies find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to understand the issues surrounding chemical dependency and treatment.

The College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a non-transferable Associate of Arts degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies. The Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment as supervised chemical dependency counselors, as well as advancement toward the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) certification. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an Associate of Arts degree in the field. Past recipients of the COD Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol and Drug Studies have obtained positions as supervised chemical dependency counselors, locally and throughout California. Students earning an associate’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies may pursue entry level positions as supervised chemical dependency counselors or may chose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree in psychology or social work.

Transfer requirements at four year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with an academic advisor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.

Requirements for Internship  

  1. Completion of the COD application.
  2. Completion of the eight core courses - HSAD 001, HSAD 002, HSAD 004, HSAD 020, HSAD 022, HSAD 024, HSAD 030, and HSAD 034 with a minimum grade of “C”.
  3. Students who have completion of HSAD 036 will receive placement priority.
  4. Course currency - completing the eight core courses within five years of applying for the internship OR currently working directly with clients at a substance abuse facility.
  5. 24 months of continuous sobriety – required for placement in many facilities.
  6. There is a 75% attendance requirement for HSAD courses to earn credit.
  7. Many facilities require interns to have evidence of student registration with a certification organization: ex: CCAPP-Registered Alcohol Drug Trainee (RADT -1) at the students’ expense.
  8. LiveScan – background checks are also required by the majority of the facilities (at the students’ expense).

Please contact program advisors L. Emerson or C. Jones with questions and concerns. For more information please call (760) 773-2574.

Advisors:
Linda Emerson

lemerson@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7267

Chris Jones
cjonescage@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 568-3264

HSAD 001  Introduction To Alcohol & Drug Studies   Units: 3

This is a survey course that examines, interprets and evaluates the significant terms and definitions used in the study of drugs, addiction and alcoholism as a family affair. It looks at the causes and consequences of alcohol/drug use and abuse (i.e. psychological, sociological, physiological, economic, and political), as well as the myths, images and stereotypes of substance abuse and substance users. It examines the modalities utilized in education, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, and relapse. This is the basic prerequisite for the Alcohol/Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

HSAD 002  Intro To Human Services Counseling   Units: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of human services and to study the past, present, and future of human services. Students will be familiarized with the vocabulary of the helping professions and introduced to the roles, activities and interventions of human services workers. The course will review the ethical standards of human services professionals.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 004  Personal & Professional Growth   Units: 2

This course covers the personal and professional aspects of alcohol and drug counseling as a career. It deals with such problematic areas as burnout, recovery, certification and credential requirements, professional associations and personal and professional growth. It introduces problems and possible solutions that will be thematic in many courses in this program. This course can be taken concurrently with HSAD-001, if HSAD- 001 not previously completed. This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 020  Biomedical Pharmacology   Units: 3

This course investigates the effects of alcohol and drugs on human behavior. Models and biomedical principles of the disease process and treatment are presented. Interpretations and evaluations of the strategies utilized in recovery by various treatment modalities are studied. This course can be taken concurrently with HSAD-001, if HSAD-001 not previously completed. This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 022  Case Management   Units: 3

This course presents case management from the initial intake and assessment of an individual, to recovery planning, record keeping, aftercare, follow-up and referral. This is a required course for the Alcohol/Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 024  Law/Ethics: Community Resources   Units: 3

This course is the study, interpretation, and practice of legal and ethical responsibilities and liabilities encountered when providing and utilizing human services. Special focus is placed on privileged relationships, counseling, and confidentiality. It also deals with community agencies responsible for outreach, education, and referrals. This course can be taken concurrently with HSAD-001, if HSAD-001 not previously completed. This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 030  Individual, Group & Family Counseling   Units: 3

This is a survey course that addresses the differences and similarities of individual and group counseling with special emphasis on the functional alcohol/drug family situations. It traces the development of individual and group counseling and explores its dynamics. It interprets and assesses the impact on individuals and on their relationships. In addition, it interprets and assesses the impact on society and on its institutions.Practical strategies and experiential exercises are utilized.Skills development in counseling the family unit is addressed.This course can be taken concurrently with HSAD-001, if HSAD-001 not previously completed. This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 032A  Alcohol/Drug: Supervised Practicum I   Units: 2

This course gives direction, interpretation, guidance, and evaluation to assist the student in making the transition from the college to job placement via the Supervised Internship I (HSAD-033A). Values, knowledge, and skills applied in the practical setting are essential to professional dependency counseling. Special attention is given to individual, group, and family approaches to counseling. This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Eight (8) HSAD core courses with a grade of C or better,within the past five (5) years, and acceptance to the HSAD,internship program with application on file. Corequisite: HSAD-033A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 032B  Alcohol/Drug: Supervised Practicum II   Units: 2

This course concludes the work begun in Supervised Practicum I (HSAD-032A). This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-032A Corequisite: HSAD-033B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 033A  Alcohol/Drug: Supervised Internship I   Units: 3

This course is a supervised fieldwork internship that actively involves students at a supervised chemical dependency service site. Students apply and integrate the values, knowledge, and skills learned in the classroom through direct, hands-on experience in the area of chemical dependency counseling.Special attention is given to individual, group, and family counseling. This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 128          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Eight (8) HSAD core courses with a grade of C or better,within the past 5 years., Corequisite: HSAD-032A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 033B  Alcohol/Drug: Supervised Internship II   Units: 3

This course concludes the field work begun in Supervised Internship I (HSAD-033A). This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 128          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-033A Corequisite: HSAD-032B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 034  Dual Diagnosis   Units: 3

This course prepares the student to meet the challenge to mental health workers and substance abuse counselors in dealing with clients who have psychiatric disorders coexistingwith drug dependency. The focus is on the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and aftercare of such clients. This course can be taken concurrently with HSAD-001, if HSAD-001 not previously completed. This is a required course for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 036  Counseling Diverse Populations   Units: 3

This counseling course introduces students to multicultural counseling and skills used to support diverse populations in the substance abuse treatment environment. This course surveys the history and experiences of many populations and provides current intervention modalities. This course can be taken concurrently with HSAD-001, if HSAD-001 not previously completed.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HSAD-001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HSAD 095A  Alcohol/Drug Work Experience   Units: 1

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Human Services/Alcohol Drug.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 75          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None