Human Services

Substance Abuse Counseling Program

Challenging. Demanding. Rewarding.

Substance abuse counseling is a demanding, yet rewarding, field of human service that requires patience, compassion, a keen desire to help others, field-specific knowledge and skill, as well a good deal of psychological maturity.

In this part-time, two-year substance abuse counseling program, you’ll focus on developing both basic and intermediate-level  knowledge and skills required of entry-level substance abuse counselors and work on developing a personal and professional maturity through a self-exploration process.

Program Details

Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate of Competence (18 credits) offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, (ICRC) which governs Hawai‘i state certification of substance abuse counselors. The certificate fulfills the substance abuse-specific education requirement for Hawai‘i state certification and satisfies a portion of the experiential hour’s requirement. Requirements for the Certificate of Competence

This is a two-year, part-time program of study. You’ll need to complete the prerequisite course, HSER 100 (3 credits), and the four counseling courses (HSER 140, 268, 245, 270) prior to enrollment in the second year, fall HSER 294, and spring HSER 295 practicum courses. Costs: Tuition and fees

Gwen E. Williams, Professor CC, Human Services; B.A., Psychology; B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz; M.S.W., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies

Program Contact

Program Coordinator
Gwen Williams
FA 206
(808) 455-0365