What is CAADE?

By David Joel Miller.

Update 2/1/18

At this time CAADE and its counselor certification body ACCBC are unable to certify AOD counselors. ACCBC is pursuing the ability to certify counselors again.  More information to follow.

California Association for Drug and Alcohol Educators.

CAADE stands for the California Association for Drug and Alcohol Educators. The first organization meeting was held here in Fresno in 1982 and CAADE was formally organized in 1984. CAADE is a nonprofit 501(C) 3 corporation and supports the efforts to educate drug and alcohol counselors and further the standards of the drug and alcohol treatment profession.

CAADE is one of the credentialing organizations included in the State of California Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs directory. Their website notes that they serve some 40 colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Over the last few years, I have had the honor and the privilege of teaching at Fresno City College in their Drug and Alcohol Counseling program.  This program consists of a 36 unit curriculum in substance abuse counseling and related subjects, making it one of the more rigorous substance abuse counseling programs available.

In 2012 CAADE formed the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (an official affiliate of CAADE). This division clarifies the separate functions of improving the education provided to prospective counselors and the registration and certification of counselors as meeting the standards expected in this counseling specialty.

For more on the CAADE program, colleges, and universities that teach this program, and the CAADE annual conventions please visit the CAADE website.

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2 thoughts on “What is CAADE?

  1. Will there be a Conference this year in April for students to attend. I’m trying to put together a travel packet for students at East Los Angeles College if yes can you please email me the itinerary.


    • Wish I had an answer for you. I have not heard anything about this. I checked their website but did not find the information. My impression is that CAADE is struggling to get back the ability to certify counselors. As of now, they are not approved to certify counselors. Many agencies are recommending counselors switch their registration to CCAPP. You may want to look at their site also.


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