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The Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) program provides students with the knowledge and skills to address fundamental issues encountered in the field of substance use, abuse and dependency. The knowledge and skills acquired by completing the program are also applicable to a broad range of human service settings such as social service agencies, mental health services, and programs providing counseling services to diverse demographic groups. Students are able to apply and integrate their academic learning through practicum experiences (internships) in various public and private agencies, institutions and businesses, based on students' preferences.

Completion of the Associate of Science degree will assist students in obtaining entry-level employment, job promotion/salary increases or transfer to a four-year college or university. Graduates have been employed in well-paying, benefitted positions with Public Health Departments, Social Service agencies, Youth service agencies, schools, Tribal programs and a variety of other governmental and non-governmental community agencies and programs.

The AODS Program exceeds the minimal standards for AODS Programs established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These standards were identified by the State of California as meeting the educational requirements for counselor certification. Degree and certificate completers qualify to apply for certification through a variety of state-approved certification boards.



It is the mission of Mendocino College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program to:


  1. Prepare students to function as ethical and competent entry-level AOD counselors, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve;
  2. Build and maintain effective partnerships with local human service agencies which support students’ education and help meet employer’s on-going needs for prepared, entry-level human service workers;
  3. Instill in graduates of the program a commitment to continued professional development.




Fall, 2007 (Semester 3)

Spring, 2008 (Semester 4)

AOD/HUS 160: Law/Ethics & HUS

AOD/HUS 162: Prevention Theory
AOD/HUS 161: Family CounselingAOD/HUS 163: Professional Competency
AOD/HUS 159: Intervention TheoryAOD 165: Field Placement Seminar II
AOD 164: Field Placement Seminar IAOD 196: Occupational Work Experience
AOD 196: Occupational Work Experience


Fall, 2008 Semester 1

Spring, 2009 Semester 2

Summer2009Fall, 2009 Semester 3Spring, 2010 Semester 4
AOD 151: AOD OverviewAOD/HUS 154: Interviewing/CounselingAOD/HUS 157: Dual DisordersAOD/HUS 160:Law/Ethics and Human SvcsAOD/HUS 162:Community Prevention Theory
AOD/HUS 152: Basic SkillsAOD/HUS 155: Group LeadershipAOD 158:AOD Practicum PrepAOD/HUS 161Family Counseling ApproachesAOD/HUS 163:Professional Competency & Growth
AOD 153: Physiology & PharmacologyAOD/HUS 156: Case ManagementAOD/HUS 159:Intervention TheoryAOD 164:Field Placement Seminar IAOD 165:Field Placement Seminar II

AOD 196: Occupational Work ExperienceAOD 196: Occupational Work Experience




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