A Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor is a career that is in high demand due to the increasing opioid epidemic and 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 necessary to understand how to counsel clients with addictions in all of the 9 required domains.
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 maybe a Bachelors Degree or a Masters Degree, please check with your specific state). We are accredited by the Florida Certification Board to offer the 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 IC &RC exams will allow you to transfer your certification should you move to a different state, as this is the international examination preparation. We are also approved by the Canadian Board, CACCF to offer the approved core trainings to sit for their exams, Yes, we are good in ALL of Canada and Europe.
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.
Clinical Evaluation: 35 hours
Treatment Planning: 30 hours
Counseling: 50 hours
Case Management and Referral: 15 hours
Client, Family and Community Education: 15 hours
Documentation: 15 hours
Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 30 hours
Application to Practice/Professional Readiness: 80 hours
There are different levels of an addiction counselor. 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.
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.