CAADE is the FUTURE: Don't Be Left Behind

Accrediting Programs, Certifying Counselors, Setting the Standard . . .CAADE Leads the Way
We are the Model for Addiction Counselor Education and Certification Nationwide

The concept of “tiers,”or “career ladders,” based on increasing levels of education serves as a model for the evolution of our field into a recognized profession. The tiers must be graduated in a way that makes advancing up the ladder both desirable and achievable, with career incentives in between. The California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) and the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC) introduced a tiered system that serves as a model for the future of addiction counseling. CAADE’s accreditation guidelines manual, contracted over many years by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, was the model for the standardized curriculum developed by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) as part of a project spearheaded by Dr. Westley Clark and SAMHSA. Our unique niche is our 36-unit community college addiction studies certificate program which provides the opportunity for individuals to attend a community college, earn a certificate and enter the workforce. The students may then continue on to higher degrees with our fully transferrable college courses. We are working now with NASAC to serve as their west coast accreditation affiliate.

Certify with the Top Organization in the Field

CAADE’s nationally approved credential (the Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor–CATC) is one of five credentials offered in California. We are the only one that requires college coursework from accredited colleges and universities. In line with CAADE’s mission to promote and support quality higher education in addiction studies the board of directors developed and launched the Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) Tiered System. The implementation of the tiered system rewards higher education, and CAADE maintains the highest certification standards for addiction service professionals in California.

You Won't Have to Start Over

CAADE is the only certifying organization that requires our counselors to be educated in regionally accredited colleges and universities. Contrary to popular belief, coursework completed in extension programs will not transfer to any college or university in any state. Attending a CAADE college ensures that your coursework will transfer to other states and to four year university degree programs. Even if you don't think you are going to need or want a college degree now, a CAADE eduction will prepare you to change your mind later. AND, if you move to a state which requires a degree for addiction counselors, you'll be able to take your CAADE coursework with you. NO OTHER ORGANIZATION CAN MAKE THAT PROMISE.

We're Changing the Way People Talk About Addiction Education

There are old terms and concepts still being used in addiction counselor “culture.” As long as addiction professionals continue to speak in the “traditional”way, as long as we continue to talk in terms that describe the old “national standards” for addiction counselor education, we will have difficulty taking our place beside other licensed professionals. Accredited colleges and universities generally use the term “hours” to refer to practicum, fieldwork, or internship work performed in actual treatment settings under supervision. In our institutions, when we measure minimum educational requirements, we use units, not hours. CAADE accredited programs require a minimum of 36 units that can apply directly toward the AA or AS degree in a variety of disciplines (Human Services, Psychology, Health Science, etc.). Check out our accredited college page.