PROFESSIONAL ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR TRAINING PROGRAM
Certified Addictions Counselor Training and Education
Certified Addictions Counselor Training and Education 350 Hour Program at The Addictions Academy will prepare you to have a great rewarding career. A Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling is a career that is in high demand due to the increasing opioid epidemic and the lack of qualified professionals to assist with the current crisis. As a Certified Addictions Counselor, you will be at the forefront of helping others with their drug and alcohol addictions. Once enrolled in our program, you will receive the 350 hours of online self-study education necessary to understand how to counsel clients with addictions in all of the 9 required domains. This is the CORE training that you need to sit for state and providence exams.
Our Certified Addictions Counselor Training at The Addictions Academy is approved as a CORE Provider (along with many secondary universities and colleges) with the Canadian Board, CACCF. Our training is accepted in the USA, Canada, in the European Union, and 25 other countries and prepares you to sit for the individual board exams and the International Board exam, the IC & RC. You must complete up to 350 hours at an approved academic institution prior to sitting for and completing your state or providence exams and we have you covered! We are fully accredited and approved by CACCF, IAAP, AACT, ACTPO, FLA Board, and IC & RC.
Where Addiction Counselors work is in the field of addiction varies by state and country requirements. Most Addictions Counselors will work in a professional addiction treatment setting, for a private or nonprofit corporation, or even in private practice. We can prepare you for all the job roles and functions you will encounter as a certified (or licensed) addictions counselor. In the USA there are a few states that require that you complete an addiction counseling degree program before you sit for the state exam (this may be a Bachelors’s Degree or a Master’s Degree, please check with your specific state). We are accredited by the Florida Certification Board to offer 350 hours in the 9 domains. We are also accredited by CACCF, the Canadian Board as ‘an approved Educational Institution with our organization and that the Addiction Counseling program meets our Formal Education requirements for Certification.’
What exactly is in your addiction counseling training program? This is the training portion that you will need to sit for the state and international (IC &RC) exams. The 9 domains of training and the 350 hours are included here:
1. Clinical Evaluation: 35 hours
Addiction & Human Growth/Development
• Addictive Process
• Assessment Instruments, Procedures and Techniques
• Client Engagement
• Client Matching to Service Array
• DSM IV/Diagnosis Criteria / ASAM
• Motivational Interviewing
• Other Substance & Behavioral Addictions – Gambling/Smoking/Food
• Readiness and Motivation for Treatment
• Risk Factors/Risk Assessment/Risk Management
• Screening Instruments, Procedures and Techniques
• Screening/Assessment for Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders
• Signs/Symptoms/Stages of SUD, Active Use and Withdrawal
• Urinalysis and Other Biological Assessments
2. Treatment Planning: 30 hours
• Client Placement Criteria
• Developing Individualized Treatment Plans
• Drug Court/Correction-based Treatment/Policy/Theory
• Enhancing Client Choice/Client-Directed Care
• Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Treatment Protocols
• Intake/Orientation to Treatment
• Medication-assisted Treatment
• On-going Assessment
• Overcoming Barriers to Treatment Progress
• Special Population Needs
• Stages of Change and Treatment Goals/Interventions
• Treatment Goals and Measuring Success
• Treatment Planning/Models of Treatment
3. Counseling: 50 hours
• Client Progress Assessment and Response
• Counseling Theories/Techniques
• Developing a Therapeutic Alliance
• Evidence-based Practices
• Individual/Group/Family Counseling
• Motivational Interviewing
• Types of Treatment Programs/Levels of Treatment
4. Case Management and Referral: 15 hours
• Case Management
• Community Resources/Services
• Confidentiality/HIPPA Issues with Referrals
• Florida Certification Board (FCB)
• Effective Date: February 2019
• CAP Training Verification Form
• DOMAIN TOPICS
• Continuum of Care/Placement
• Making Referrals
• Managed Care Systems
• Referral Outcome/Evaluation
• Self-help Groups
• Service/Care Coordination/Collaboration
• Special Population Needs
5. Client, Family and Community Education: 15 hours
• Adult Learning Theory
• Anger Management Skills
• Changing Criminal Behavior/Criminal Thinking Errors/Offender Treatment
• Cultural Diversity/Special Populations
• Domestic Violence
• Family Dynamics
• Group Facilitation/Styles of Presentation
• HIV/TB/Hepatitis C
• Life Skills
• Moral Development
• Theories of Counseling / Personality
• Victim/Perpetrator Counseling
6. Documentation: 15 hours
• Assessment, Treatment, Progress, Discharge or Transfer Summaries
• Clinical Documentation
• Electronic Health Records/Technology
• Privacy & Confidentiality
• Progress Notes
• Psychosocial Summaries
• Reports/Record Keeping/Records Management
7. Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 30 hours
Boundaries / Transference
• Computer Ethics
• Cultural Competence
• Ethical Decision Making / Code of Ethics
• Laws / Rules & Regulations
• Organizational Ethics
• Policy in Human Services
• Privacy / Confidentiality / HIPPA
• Relationships / Dual Relationships
• Sexual Misconduct
8. Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge: 80 hours
• Disease of Addiction
• Dual or Triple Diagnoses (mental illness, HIV, mental retardation)
• Etiology/Causation of Addiction
• History of Addiction and/or Addiction Treatment
• Involvement and Treatment of Family in Recovery
• Models of Treatment
• Other Substances and Behavioral Addictions
• Physical Aspects of Addiction, Brain Science
• Relationship of Addiction to Health, Crime, and Other Social Problems
• Signs, Symptoms, Progression of Addiction
• Treatment Components
• Types of Service Modalities (residential, outpatient, etc)
• Use of Support Groups
9. Application to Practice/Professional Readiness: 80 hours
Care for the Caregiver
• Crisis Intervention/Verbal De-escalation
• Ethics and Ethical Decision-making
• Individual, Group and Family Counseling Techniques
• Laws Governing Privacy, Confidentiality and HIPAA
• Management and Leadership Skills
• Medication-Assisted Treatment
• Models of Treatment
• Observation and Communication Skills
• Rules and Regulations that Govern Full Continuum of Services and Referrals
• Special Population Needs/Cultural Competence
• Supervision Techniques
• Understanding Research/Translating Research to Practice
• Wellness, Alternative Therapies, Nutrition
There are different levels of addiction counselors. You can become a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) or Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) or a Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). You will need to check with your specific state.
TOTAL OF $2700
ONE TIME FEE
TOTAL OF $2398
CACCF, ICF, ACTPO, Florida Board, IC & RC, IAAP, and AACT Education Approved and Accredited.
What is not included in your training?
We cover the 350 hours of base core concepts training. Not included is the HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence training that you may need (again this varies by state, you will need to check with your particular area).
How is your training delivered?
All 350 hours are online, go at your own pace in our education portal. No need to leave home or even get out of your pjs.
Can I talk to a human?
Of course!! Call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext 2 and ask any questions you have; we would love to hear from you!
Does this include the internship or supervision hours that my location requires?
No. That is separate and each state or province has it is own requirement on what you need there to sit for the exam, please check with that particular board.
Are addiction counselors mandated reporters?
Yes, and it is included in the training along with ethics and documentation process reporting. You will learn HIPAA, Duty to Warn and other mandated reporting obligations for your newly chosen profession, addictions counselor.
How do I Become An Addictions Counselor?
Here are the detailed training domains (all 9 of them) and what they include. Requirements to become trained as a Certified Addictions Counselor or Certified Addictions Professional vary by state or country but the training must be comprehensive, and the hours completed prior to sitting for the particular exams. Here are the hours we offer, in the specific domains. All classes are fully automated online with exams in between each section to test your knowledge and prep you for the actual state and providence examinations.
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