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Coaching and Counseling ►Drug & Alcohol Counselor Certificate Program




This training program combines a two course training track:

  • Drug & Alcohol Counseling - Level 1
  • Drug & Alcohol Counseling - Level 2

Drug and Alcohol Counseling reflects the explosion of information regarding the understanding, identification, and treatment of addictive disorders. It examines the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and hallucinogens, as well as chemicals -- such as aerosols, steroids, and over-the-counter analgesics. Additionally, the program investigates solid strategies for working with clients, the differences between abusers and addicts; drug effects on children, teenagers, and pregnant and nursing women; and children of alcoholics, evidence-based treatments available, including motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, medication and 12 step facilitation. Guiding the student step- by-step through treatment, this course presents state-of-the-art tools, and forms and tests necessary to deliver outstanding treatment and to meet the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies.


The Job Outlook

Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as more people seek treatment for their addictions or other behaviors and drug offenders are increasingly sentenced to treatment rather than jail time. In recent years, the criminal justice system has recognized that people committing crimes related to drugs are less likely to offend again if they get treatment for addiction. As a result, sentences for drug offenders often include treatment programs. This practice is expected to increase the use of substance abuse treatment programs and the demand for addiction counselors.


Drug and Alcohol Counseling – Level 1 (270 hrs)

Have you ever thought about a career in addiction coaching? Do you feel passionate about helping people reclaim lives that have been deteriorated by drugs or alcohol? Addiction coaching professionals treat individuals who are in need of substance abuse counseling as well as offer peace of mind to the families of persons who are in need of drug addiction counseling. Our Drug and Alcohol Counseling course examines various substance abuse disorders and presents techniques for helping people overcome their addictions.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the basics of abuse and addiction
  • Differentiate between commonly abused chemicals
  • Recognize the various presentations of substance abuse disorder
  • Identify substance abuse disorders
  • List techniques for treating addiction

Drug and Alcohol Counseling – Level 2 (270 hrs)

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2 is a comprehensive course for people who want to work with the chemically dependent and addicted in a variety of treatment settings. This course shows the student how to use the best evidence-based treatments available, including motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, medication and 12 step facilitation. Guiding the student step-by-step through treatment, this course presents state-of-the-art tools, and forms and tests necessary to deliver outstanding treatment and to meet the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify steps for initial assessment and treatment planning
  • Comprehend various therapies and treatment groups available to the individual
  • Identify the steps involved in the AA 12 step program
  • Identify dual diagnoses and family treatment programs
  • Define clinical staff and characteristics of a good counselor

Prerequisite: Drug and Alcohol Counseling – Level 1


Drug and Alcohol Coaching 1 Module 1

Basics of Abuse & Addiction

  • About Substance Abuse
  • The Cost ofChemical Abuse/Addiction
  • Continuum of Chemical Use
  • Pharmacology
  • Side Effects of Chemical Use
  • Brief History of Alcohol
  • Physical Dependence,Tolerance,and Craving
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Drug and Alcohol Coaching 1 Module 2

Commonly Abused Chemicals 1

  • Medical Uses of the Benzodiazepines
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • CNS Stimulant Abuse
  • Cocaine Abuse & Dependence
  • History of Cocaine
  • Complications of Cocaine Abuse/Addiction
  • Marijuana Abuse & Addiction
  • A Medico-Legal Conundrum
  • Methods of Marijuana Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Coaching 1 Module 3

Commonly Abused Chemicals 2

  • Abuse of & Addiction to Hallucinogens
  • Opioid Use
  • Methods of Hallucinogen Abuse
  • The Pharmacology of LSD
  • ECSTASY (MDMA)
  • Salvia Divinorum
  • Abuse of & Addiction to Inhalants
  • Scope of the Problem of Inhalant and Steroid Abuse
  • Sources & Methods of Steroid Abuse
  • Chemicals & the Neonate
  • Tobacco
  • Scope of the Problem for Pregnant Women

Drug and Alcohol Coaching 1 Module 4

The Many Faces of Substance Abuse

  • Gender & Addiction
  • Differing Effects of Common Drugs on Women
  • The Faces of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • Rehabilitation for Children or Adolescents
  • SUD & College Students
  • Consequences of SUD in the College Population
  • Substance Use Disorders and the Older Adult

Drug and Alcohol Coaching 1 Module 5

Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders

  • Substance Use Disorders and the Family
  • Codependency
  • Enabling Behaviors
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Addictions
  • Diseases of the Spirit
  • Benefits of Spirituality

Drug and Alcohol Coaching 1 Module 6

The Treatment of Addiction

  • Assessment of Suspected Substance Use Disorders
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment Settings
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Characteristics of the Substance Rehabilitation Professional
  • The Treatment Plan
  • Aftercare Programs
  • Decision to Seek Treatment
  • Stages of Recovery

Drug and Alcohol Coaching 1 Module 7

Other Issues in Chemical Dependence

  • Pharmacological Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
  • Relapse
  • Willpower
  • Support Groups to Promote and Sustain Recovery
  • Substance Use Disorders and Infectious Disease
  • AIDS
  • Hepatitis
  • Debate over Drugs
  • Debate over Legalization

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 1

Coaching: The Initial Hours

  • How to Greet Patients
  • How to Handle Family Members
  • Beginning the Therapeutic Alliance
  • The Initial Assessment
  • The Intoxicated Patient
  • How Patients React in Detoxification
  • The Biopsychosocial Interview
  • Diagnosis and Disposition
  • The Treatment Plan
  • How to Build a Treatment Plan
  • The Problem List
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Treatment Plan Review
  • How to Write Progress Notes

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 2

Counseling and Treatment

  • Individual Treatment Process
  • The Therapeutic Alliance
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • How Patients Use Feelings Inappropriately
  • How Patients Learn Relationship Skills
  • Benefits of Group Therapy
  • Preparation for the Group
  • The Honesty Group
  • The Euphoric Recall Group
  • The Reading Group
  • The Relapse Prevention Group
  • The Spirituality Group
  • The Childhood Group
  • The Men’s Group / Women’s Group
  • The Community Group
  • The Personal Inventory Group
  • Creating and Using Contracts

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 3

The AA 12 Step

  • Step One: Powerless and Unmanageable
  • Step Two: Belief in a Higher Power
  • Step Three: Turn it Over to God
  • Step Four: Fearless Moral Inventory
  • Step Five: Sharing the Moral Inventory
  • Educational Lectures Series
  • Lecture Series: The Disease
  • Lecture Series: Defense Mechanisms
  • Lecture Series: The Great Lie & the Truth
  • Lecture Series: Normal Development
  • Lecture Series: Physical Addiction and Recovery
  • Lecture Series: Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Lecture Series: Understanding Feelings

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 4

Dual Diagnosis and Family Therapy

  • Psychiatric / Psychological Assessment
  • Depressed Patient
  • Angry Patient
  • Homicidal Patient
  • Personality Disorders
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Borderline Patient
  • Narcissistic Patient
  • Anxious Patient
  • Psychotic Patient
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Patient with Low Intellectual Functioning
  • The Elderly Patient
  • Early childhood Trauma
  • Pathological Gambler
  • Adolescent Treatment
  • The Family Program
  • How to Treat Family Members

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 5

The Clinical Staff and Being a Good Counselor

  • The Physician
  • Psychologist & Psychiatrist
  • Nursing Staff
  • Clinical Director and Supervisor
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • The Rehabilitation Technician
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Team Building
  • Staff-Patient Problems
  • Discharge Summary and Aftercare
  • Outpatient Discharge Criteria
  • Understanding the Drugs
  • Being a Good Counselor
  • Characteristics of a Good Counselor
  • Code of Ethics

**Outlines are subject to change,as courses are always under improvement for your benefit**

Required Materials:

  • Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide by Robert R. Perkinson
  • Concepts of Chemical Dependency by Harold E. Doweiko

Certification

Upon successful completion of our Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1 and Level 2 courses, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for licensing and credentialing exams. Each state has its own regulations.

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