University of the Pacific's Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate Program gives you the knowledge and experience to become certified in substance abuse counseling. Our program meets the educational and training requirements established according to regulations from the State of California Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Programs. It was developed by Benerd College in conjunction with professionals and experts in the field of substance abuse.
This six-month long program is designed to provide participants with the skills necessary to counsel clients in the recovery process. Topics and skills include assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, and community resources. Special issues are addressed including sexual harassment, gender, aging, disabilities, cultural differences, and co-occurring disorders. We strongly recommend you are at least one year sober when applying for this program.
Tuition & Fees
This program is not eligible for University of the Pacific or Federal Financial Aid.
Application Fee: $75 (non refundable, paid at time of application submission) (Fee increases to $100 for late applications submitted within late application deadline)
Program Tuition: $4,200 ($525/per course, 8 courses total)
Administrative Fee: $95 (non refundable, paid at time of program acceptance and confirmation)
Textbooks: $590 (est.)
Total Program Cost: $4,960
January 2023 Application date range
Application date range: October 14, 2022 - December 31, 2022
Late app deadline: December 31, 2022
Students will be contacted in May-June for phone interviews.
Program Dates — Jan 9 to June 25, 2023
- Block 1: Jan. 9 to Feb. 19
- Block 2: Feb. 20 to April 2
- Block 3: April 3 to May 14
- Block 4: May 15 to June 25
Note: Fees are subject to change.