The field practicum noted in the career guide
is specifically designated for the field of addiction treatment and is overseen
by the Washington Department of Health. It is therefore subject to the regulations of that agency which
require the passing of background checks and counselor registration before placement in an approved field
site. Field practicum from other social services related placements is not interchangeable because agencies
must meet DOH licensure for CD treatment and because training-hour content is very specific. The faculty
advisors at Spokane Falls Community College will gladly assist students with this process.
The Addiction Studies program includes classes in substance drug abuse, social
services, counseling skills and other related topics that help individuals become effective with people who
have drug problems. In addition, the training program includes practical fieldwork experience that provides
students an opportunity to apply what has been learned and learn from the actual work experience.
For current certification requirements for alcohol/drug counseling in Washington State, please contact the
program coordinator at Spokane Falls Community College or the Department of Health, CDP Division,
The one year certificate program offers a certificate from our college, which is not a substitute for State
certification. The one year curriculum assumes that students have completed other college work. The state of
Washington has a minimum requirement of 90 credit hours of education of which this certificate is only a part.
You will need to demonstrate to the Department of Health that in addition to the certificate courses listed here,
that you have a MINIMUM total of 90 approved credit hours, half of which are the certificate courses.
Prerequisites for entry into this certificate program include HSSUB 131, ENG 101 and GBUS 102.