Minor in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

APU’s professional minor in alcohol and drug counseling teaches students the knowledge, skills, and compassion to pursue careers as certified alcohol and drug counselors, and can be taken only in conjunction with one of APU’s bachelor’s completion programs.

24 units

The minor in alcohol and drug counseling prepares students to pursue alcohol and drug counselor credentialing with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Students who finish this minor complete the educational requirements for certified alcohol and drug counselors, and have the foundational knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to join this ever-expanding field that allows for bachelor-level entry. Note: There are other requirements, however, to qualify for the alcohol and drug counseling credential, as outlined and determined by CCAPP.

For students interested in completing the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, 6 units of the minor can be used to meet the requirements of the B.A. or B.S.; 15 units of the minor, including 3 units of PSYC 455, must be completed at Azusa Pacific University.


PSYC 280Introduction to Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor Credentialing3
PSYC 451Interventions in Counseling 13
or PSYC 531 Ethics and Professional Issues
PSYC 455Field Experience (130 of 255 hours required) 23
PSYC 463Drugs, Behavior, and Society 33
PSYC 464Substance Use Assessment and Interventions3
PSYC 466Case Management in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders3
PSYC 485Stress and Coping3
PSYC 455Field Experience (130 of 255 hours required) 1, 23
or PSYC 542 Practicum I
Total Units24

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Develop entry level mastery of knowledge of substance use, misuse, and effective treatment for substance use problems.
  2. Demonstrate entry level skills in engagement and facilitation of substance use recovery strategies.
  3. Apply knowledge and skill related to Alcohol and Drug counseling in field experiences.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate faith into a comprehensive conceptualization of substance use problems.