Programs > Alcohol & Other Drug Studies Associate of Science Degree

The Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) major addresses a wide range of issues in the field of substance use and abuse through its degree and certificate course work. Students vary from recent high school graduates to working professionals with advanced college degrees. Students are able to apply and integrate their academic learning through required practicum experiences in various public and private agencies, institutions and businesses. The AODS Program exceeds the minimal standards for AODS Programs established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These standards were identified by State of California legislation 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. 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. (Note: Transfer credit may be limited by California State campuses. Please consult your Mendocino College counselor or Transfer Center for more information). Special Note: The Associate of Science degree in Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies signifies readiness for working as an entry-level substance abuse counselor, NOT as a "Licensed Addiction Therapist". This title is typically used to denote an individual with a Masters or Doctoral degree with a specialization in Addiction Studies.

Term Effective Spring 2006
Required Courses
Course Title Units
AOD 151 Alcohol and Drugs: Overview 3.0
AOD 152 Basic Skills for Human Service Workers 3.0
AOD 153 Physiological Effects of AOD 3.0
AOD 154 Fundamentals of Interviewing and Counseling 3.0
AOD 155 Group Leadership and Group Process 3.0
AOD 156 Case Management and Documentation 3.0
AOD 157 Dual Disorders and Mental Health Issues 2.0
AOD 158 AOD Practicum Preparation 2.0
AOD 159 Intervention Theory and Techniques 1.5
AOD 160 Law, Ethics and Human Services 3.0
AOD 161 Intro. to Family Counseling Approaches 3.0
AOD 162 Community Prevention Theory and Practice 3.0
AOD 163 Professional Competency and Growth 2.0
AOD 164 Field Placement Seminar I 1.5
AOD 165 Field Placement Seminar II 1.5
AOD 196 Occupational Work Experience 4.0

Total Required Units 41.5


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