Become a Substance Use Clinician

Build Your Future. Follow Your Passion.

Licensed Clinicians who treat individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) are on the frontlines of a nationwide crisis. They have the opportunity to change the lives of individuals, their families, and the entire community.


Licensed Clinicians conduct assessments and diagnose substance use disorders, conduct individual, family, and group therapy, engage participants' in post-treatment rehabilitation, and oversee teams of counselors and other SUD professionals.


Clinicians working in the substance use disorder field are also referred to as Licensed Practitioners of the Healing Arts (LPHA), which includes various clinical professionals such as:


  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP);
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologists (LCP)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW);
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • License-eligible Practitioners working under the supervision of licensed clinicians


Organizations and treatment facilities across Los Angeles County need more clinicians specializing in substance use disorders to deliver and implement innovative and evidence-based strategies.


As part of a collaborative team, you'll have access to training and resources that will keep you at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing healthcare fields. Are you ready to make a difference?

In 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had a SUD in the past year.- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Treatment enables people to counteract addiction's powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives.- National Institute on Drug Abuse
In 2017, about 1 in 13 people aged 12 or older need substance use treatment.– Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Training Programs in Los Angeles County

If you are considering becoming a Licensed Clinician, check below for institutions in Los Angeles County by field of practice.

Institution NameInstitución
AddressDirección
WebsiteSitio
Physician Assistant ProgramPrograma de Asistente Medico
University of Southern California*
1000 S. Fremont Ave
Unit 7, Bld A11, Room 11-150
Alhambra, CA 91803
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Master of Health Science
1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766
Nurse Practitioner ProgramCalificado para Ejercer la Medicina
Azusa Pacific University*
Administration West Building
568 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702
California State University – Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766
Clinical Social Worker ProgramPrograma de Trabajador Social Clínico
Azusa Pacific University*
Department of Social Work
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702
California State University, Long Beach
School of Social Work
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
California State University, Los Angeles
School of Social Work
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
California State University, Northridge
Department of Social Work
Sierra Hall 208
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
3250 Public Affairs Building Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095
University of Southern California*
Montgomery Ross Fisher Building
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Marriage and Family Therapist ProgramPrograma de Terapeuta Matrimonial y Familiar
Azusa Pacific University*
Department of Marriage and Family Therapy
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
California State University, Northridge
ED 1218
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
617 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Mount St. Mary's University
Doheny Campus
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
University of La Verne
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750
University of Southern California*
3470 Trousdale Parkway Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Clinical Psychology ProgramPrograma de Psicología Clínica
Alliant International University, Los Angeles
1000 S. Fremont Ave., Unit 5
Alhambra, CA 91803
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639
Fuller Theological Seminary
180 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
University of La Verne
Psy. D Program in Clinical Psychology
Hoover Building
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Addiction Psychiatry FellowshipBeca de Psiquiatría de Adicciones
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center Program
UCLA School of Medicine
760 Westwood Blvd.
Room 38-244
Los Angeles, CA 90095
VA Greater Los Angeles/UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program
UCLA-San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Training Program
16111 Plummer St. Bldg. 10
Education Office (116A3)
North Hills, CA 91343


Undergraduate/ExtensionLicenciatura/ Extensión
AddressDirección
WebsiteWebsite
National University*
[Multiple Locations]
UCLA*
UCLA Extension
1145 Gayley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024-3439

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