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Springfield College School of Human Services will Award Credit to LATIADC Graduates

November 17, 2010

Inglewood, Calif., Nov. 17, 2010 -- Graduates of the Los Angeles Training Institute for Alcohol and Drug Counseling (LATIADC) certificate program will have a head start toward their bachelor’s degrees from the Springfield College School of Human Services (SHS), thanks to a new agreement to be signed Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 a.m., at the college’s Los Angeles Campus, 111 North La Brea Ave., Inglewood.

SHS Dean Robert J. Willey, Ph.D., and LATIADC Executive Director Letitia Keller will launch a program for the SHS to award up to 22 undergraduate credits to LATIADC certificate graduates who enroll in the SHS bachelor’s degree program. The bachelor’s degree requires 120 credits. Announcing the agreement, Willey said “Graduates of the LATIADC certificate program have consistently demonstrated solid academic preparation in addictions counseling. We welcome the experience that they will bring to our learning environment, and look forward to advancing their preparation to become leaders in their field.”

According to Letitia Keller, LATIADC executive director, “This agreement attests to the college-level quality of LATIADC education. Springfield College has an international reputation for education in the human helping fields. Through this collaboration, we can equip dedicated professionals with the latest knowledge and skills to be excellent drug and alcohol counselors.”

The Springfield College School of Human Services offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at 10 regional campuses around the country.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The undergraduate program of the School of Human Services is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

The new agreement will enable graduates of LATIADC certificate program to complete their bachelor’s degrees in as little as two years at the SHS. SHS programs are designed for working adults with classes two weekends a month.

Many students enter the SHS with years of experience in human services work. The school offers a process for undergraduates to claim up to 72 credits for courses successfully completed at other accredited colleges and universities, various professional certifications and trainings, and experience that is equivalent to college-level learning. The school follows standards of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in awarding such credit.

All aspects of Springfield College academics and student life are characterized by the humanics philosophy, which emphasizes educating the whole person, consisting of spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to other people. The SHS educational program is designed to build the leadership skills of human services professionals while they are serving their communities.

LATIADC offers the alcohol and drug counselor certificate program and also continuing education programs for certified counselors. It is an approved continuing education unit (CEU) provider for California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators, California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources, California Association of Drinking Driver Treatment Programs, and Board of Behavioral Sciences for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. Certified alcohol and drug counselors work in such settings as outpatient and residential drug treatment centers, hospitals, colleges, churches and government agencies.

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