Substance Abuse Counseling (SUBS)

Program Description

A 20-credit Certificate of Competence in Substance Abuse Counseling is offered for students interested in a career in substance abuse counseling. Credit and non-credit courses are offered for in-service substance abuse, human service, and criminal justice professionals seeking to develop and/or upgrade their skills in working with individuals and families who suffer as a result of chemical abuse or dependency. Students who successfully complete these courses are eligible to receive additional studies and/or fieldwork hours that can apply towards obtaining a State Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate as required by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD), the National Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor Credentialing Board, and the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. Students completing the CC in Substance Abuse Counseling along with an associate’s degree are eligible to receive 2,000 hours toward the ADAD
Substance Abuse Certification.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:

  • Satisfy the addiction studies educational requirements for Hawaii State Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division’s (ADAD) Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and/or Certified Drug Prevention Specialist (CDPS).
  • Identify and articulate medical, social, and/or psychological aspects of addiction.
  • Apply the Twelve Core Functions of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, and practice within the legal and ethical parameters of the substance abuse counseling profession.
  • Perform basic individual or group counseling and interviewing/facilitation skills, and reflect on personal values and issues that may enhance or interfere with effectiveness as a counselor.
  • Develop career plans for entry-level positions in substance abuse, criminal justice, and human services organizations that service substance abusing populations, or transfer to a 4-year college to continue education in SUBS related fields.
  • Proficiency levels in reading, writing and/or mathematics are required to register for some or all of the Program courses:
Subject AreaMINimum Placement into course
ReadingEng 102
WritingEng 100

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate of Competence (CA) Program