Addiction Counselor Education (Transfer)
Addiction counselors work with families and individuals of all ages who are experiencing problems with addictive behaviors. Counselors may work as members of treatment teams in inpatient or outpatient settings, with schools, or in businesses. They provide group, individual, and couples therapy as well as assessments and interventions. Addiction counselors also work as liaisons for their clients to judicial systems, schools, state services, and communities. Counselors may serve as educators in their communities, acquainting community members with treatment options and prevention strategies for the community. Please contact the Addiction Counselor Education Department (ACED) program advisor for current Washington State certification requirements.

Addiction Counselor Education (AA)
Students who earn Clark College's Associate in Arts degree qualify to transfer to most Washington colleges and universities with junior standing. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as soon as possible.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (5 credits required)
 
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Oral Communication (5 credits required)
 
Humanities (15 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
10 Additional credtis from two other departments.
Natural Sciences (15 credits required)
 
Must include a lab science
Specified Electives
ACED 101
SURVEY OF ADDICTIONOLOGY *
3 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Additional Specified Electives
4 cr.
Major Area Requirements
ACED 122
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING SKILLS
3 cr.
ACED 125
GROUP COUNSELING IN ADDICTIONS
3 cr.
ACED 136
LAW AND ETHICS IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
3 cr.
ACED 160
PHARMACOLOGY OF DRUGS OF ABUSE
3 cr.
ACED 201
THEORIES OF COUNSELING
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90
* For non-majors also.

Refer to the Degree and Certificate Requirements section in the Clark
College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.


Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Treat substance abuse clients in multiple settings, including individual and group counseling situations.
  • Understand and participate in addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge of patients and clients with addictions.
  • Communicate effectively, accurately, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with diverse populations of clients, patients, colleagues, the public, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors when working with clients, patients, other professionals, and the public.
  • Successfully complete the Washington State Chemical Dependancy Professional exam.