The goal of the Addiction Studies Program at Napa Valley College is to provide education and training for individuals pursuing a career in Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification in the State of California. The academic program follows the standards for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professional (CCAPP) which certifies educational programs. It incorporates the Addiction Counseling Competencies published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Administration (www.samhsa.gov). You will complete an extensive internship in a community-based internship over two semesters enabling you to demonstrate competencies necessary for treatment of those struggling with addiction. Upon satisfactory completion of the program you will understand the composition, physical and cognitive effects, addictive factors, and symptoms of withdrawal and overdose of commonly abused substances. You will be able to assess accurately persons using substances by identifying risk factors and behaviors to facilitate appropriate prevention, treatment, and referrals in the community. You will also use evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for clients and families from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and Identify ethical and legal requirements for professional development. Upon completing the course work and internship, you will be able to register as an AOD counselor and work towards your certification.