Associate in Applied Science - Addiction Studies
Bachelor of Applied Science - Integrated Behavioral Health
Spokane Falls Community College
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If you want to help people overcome addictions and put their lives back on track, a career as a substance-use disorder professional could be for you.
In the Addiction Studies Program, you’ll study substance use disorders and other addictions, case management, counseling, and related topics that will give you the skills and knowledge to help people who struggle with addiction. Your training will include practical experiences in the field, where you will apply your learning in a work setting.
Our classes are offered online and on-ground, and students can start in any quarter of the academic year. Many students work in the field while taking classes.
Whether you want to work in a mental health facility, treatment center, hospital or criminal justice agency, an AS degree will help you meet the growing demand for professionals in the field. SFCC offers a two-year associates degree in Addiction Studies, preparing students either to enter their chosen career directly or to transfer into a bachelor’s program.
**Bachelor's Degree Coming in Fall of 2023**
Starting in fall quarter 2023, SFCC will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Behavioral Health that builds on the knowledge and skills AS students gained during their first two years at the college. To express interest in this program, please reach to our Pathways Specialist (see “Contact Us” tab).
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
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Addiction Studies AAS map
Total Credits: 90
You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter. For an up to date list of all classes that satisfy requirements for your degree/ certificate in iCatalog, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.
Leah Ruiz is excited to be part the Pathways Specialist who works with students in the Education, Social, and Behavioral Health Pathway. She works toward inspiring and encouraging college students throughout their academic career. Being a first-generation student herself, it is her goal to help students realize that their life story has given them strengths they may not know they already possess, have the potential to overcome obstacles and successfully reach their goals and dreams. During her years as a graduate student in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Washington State University, she completed several publications and worked with WSU Coalition for Women Students, which works to create awareness of injustices for people of all genders and foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students. In her spare time, she likes to read books on personal growth and the juvenile justice system. She also enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and tennis.
MS, LMHC, CDP
Ursula Heflick has been an instructor at SFCC since 2013. Prior to becoming the Program Lead for the Social Services/Gerontology Program, she led the Addiction Studies Program. Ursula has taught a wide range of online, hybrid, and traditional on-ground classes. She continues to provide mental health assessments in a local behavioral health agency to stay up-to-date with current trends.
Ursula began to work in the behavioral health field in 2007 and received her graduate degree in Applied Psychology from Eastern Washington University. She continues to educate herself on all issues related to the human services field. Her primary interest is in social justice and its translation into comprehensive case management since that has the most potential to improve outcomes. The integration of the criminal justice, social services, and health care systems is at the center of her professional focus. In her spare time, she is active in working on changing drug-sentencing laws.
Prior to 2007, Ursula was a textile and ceramic artist in Los Angeles working in the fashion and interior design industries. She still enjoys “doodling” and applies her design sense to her Canvas classes.
KayDee Steele Ph.D., LMHC, SUDP: I have been a full-time faculty at SFCC since 2006. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended SFCC many years ago. I have two bachelor’s degrees (Psychology and Spanish) from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Whitworth, and a Ph.D. from Gonzaga in Educational Leadership with emphasis on co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. My interests lie in social and criminal justice, behavioral health and the integration of these fields with primary care. I have had the honor to work in these fields since 1991 in such roles as educator, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Substance Use Disorder Professional, Juvenile Parole Counselor/Manager/State Coordinator, Director for a county behavioral health agency, and in roles as consultant, mentor, policy and legislative advocate, and more. I love working and training therapy dogs, travelling, and teaching.
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In fall quarter 2023, SFCC will launch our new Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Behavioral Health. This degree builds on the knowledge and skills built during the AAS degree. Please see the link below for the BAS Application.
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