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About Program

The Addictive Disorders Studies Program at Oxnard College prepares students to enter the field of alcohol/drug counseling with responsibilities for performing intakes and assessments, motivational, supportive and group counseling, crisis intervention, information and referral and case write-ups.

Students completing this program will have the necessary educational and skills requirements to apply for credentialing through a number of professional organizations.

Students may complete their Field Experience hours at any DHCS licensed and/or certified drug/alcohol treatment center or facility within the state of California. Since these are behavioral health treatment sites, some may have their own specific pre-practicum requirements, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • TB screening
  • Drug testing/screening
  • Live Scan
  • Criminal Background Check

Please note that these requirements may not be required of students to enroll in courses in the Ventura County Community College District.


OC ADS program is accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Education (CAADE) through 06/2024.
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Full-time Faculty:
Part-time Faculty:
  • Vanessa Alva
  • David Deutsch
  • James Given
  • David Mathews
  • Rebecca Porter
  • Luis Tovar

For further information about the Addictive Disorders Studies Program, please contact Lois Zsarnay, or (805) 678-5229


Department Chair: Lois Zsarnay