Apr 20, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog

Co-occurring Disorders Advanced Certificate

(SIMS Code: 331995)

The Advanced Certificate in Co-occurring Disorders is designed to educate counseling students and practicing counselors to provide effective, evidence-based services to individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. This certificate is designed for masters-level counseling students and practicing counselors in rehabilitation counseling, social work, marriage, and family counseling, and other counseling professions who seek to develop knowledge and skill in the area of integrated services (i.e., the provision of simultaneous substance use and mental health services in the same service setting).

The Certificate provides all of the requirements for the Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) credential provided by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).

Students may complete the certificate in conjunction with, or subsequent to, the MS in Rehabilitation Counseling, Concentration in Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling–LPCC. Students must complete a master’s degree in order to qualify for the LAADC credential. The Advanced Certificate in Co-occurring Disorders is offered fully online through SDSU College of Education, ARPE department.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with demonstrated experience in rehabilitation services (for current master’s students) or a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related counseling profession.

Additional Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all certificate coursework with no less than a grade of C (2.0) in any course. Only three units of coursework with a grade of C (2.0) or better will count towards the certificate. A maximum of three units of coursework can be repeated. Courses in the certificate program may be applied to a master’s degree if applicable. Contact the program adviser for more information.