1 180-Hour Training Series: Addiction Counselor Program The Addiction Certification Program is designed to provide the coursework necessary for those Evidence-Based & Best Practices seeking the certification education requirements as an Addiction Counselor through either the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association Addiction (GACA/NAADAC) Treatment or the Trainings Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACB-GA/IC&RC). These two certification boards are highly committed to certify qualified addiction professionals. One of the first steps necessary to being certified as an Addiction Counselor is to complete the required basic substance abuse education. The INSTITUTE s Addiction Counselor Program provides training and coursework to qualify a candidate for your basic education requirement. Courses are provided in a professional environment that embraces all students learning styles in order to maximize each individual s learning needs. Each course curriculum utilizes a combination of lecture, group work, videos, hands-on learning activities as well as open class discussion based in evidence-based & best practices research. The INSTITUTE provides this 180 hour training program to be completed within a 12-month period while attending one weekend (Friday & Saturday) a month. Start ANY month throughout the year. An alternative is to complete less than 180 hours and choosing to attend only the scheduled trainings that each student needs to complete their education requirements. It is the student s decision whether to attend on a monthly basis for the 12-month period. If a student has a prior obligation or scheduling conflict, the student has the right to not attend that month and return the following month without consequence. The INSTITUTE S courses occur on a Friday (9am-5pm) and Saturday (9am-5pm) of each month to maximize flexibility in student schedules who work fulltime during the week as well as the weekend. The INSTITUTE s curriculum is designed to integrate Evidence-Based & Best Practices in its trainings. The 180-hour program is designed to effectively develop competent addiction counselors in order to pursue as CAC/CADC applicants. The educational design of this program entails proven curriculum that is utilized nationally. In each educational session, all students will be provided learning opportunities to acquire and develop effective skills to work with individuals and families affected by addiction. All coursework is structured to encourage personal growth and professional development. Our courses at the INSTITUTE include much diversity as it pertains to the instructor s cultural, ethnic, as well as professional and academic backgrounds. All the instructors at the INSTTIUTE have advanced clinical degrees and/or certifications in addictions with no less than years
2 professional experience in the criminal justice system, addiction and the mental health fields. All instructors profiles are available for review on the INSTITUTE s website. The students at the INSTITUTE typically vary widely in academic training from high school graduates, master level clinicians and physicans. Our instructors create a learning environment that meets all students educational needs despite prior academic trainings and/or education. An additional uniqueness to the INSTITUTE programs is that regardless of student s level of previous professional experiences, courses are relevant for the new counselor to the clinically advanced clinician. There is a flexible payment plan for everyone s budgeting needs. Students may pay (1) monthly, (2) once a Semester for a discounted savings or (3) the Annual fee for the best discounted tuition fee. The only additional cost to student s completing the 12-month program is purchasing a suggested study manual and a few other books for future use in there clinical practices. Please review our registration for the tuition schedule and registration. Unfortunately, there isn t any financial assistance available although the INSTITUTE is an approved facility for Vocational Rehabilitation and Veteran s Affairs. Your desires to improve your clinical competency to best serve those living with an addiction are a significant commitment to providing integrity to your professional development. The INSTITUTE acknowledges and embraces this commitment. Based on student evaluations, we feel assured that you will appreciate the exceptional quality of this training program while having fun when you join us in this effective training series. Welcome to our 2015 schedule. Once reviewing the format of the program, feel free to call our office to clarify any questions, comments or concerns. For a faster response, please us at Everyone at the INSTITUTE is here to assist you in your certification process as well as your educational needs. We thank you for your interest in our training WINTER SEMESTER (45 Hours) Weekend I: January 16-17, 2015 Friday s Topic: The Causes and Origins of Addiction & Evidence-Based Practices of Addiction Treatment 1. Learn the process and professional requirements of becoming certified as an alcohol and drug counselor. 2. Understand the Evidence-Based Practices and resources available for addiction treatment.
3 3. Gain the knowledge skills and ability to understand the biological, psychological, social and clinical areas that influence causes and manifestations of addictions. 4. Learn the dynamics and elements of CENAPS Model of Relapse Prevention Therapy concepts as it pertains to chronic addictions. Saturday s Topic: American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria & Best Practices & Research Based Addiction Treatment Approaches 1. Understand the primary principles of the American Society of Addiction Medicines (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria. 2. Learn the four levels of treatment modalities of treatment common with addiction, mental health and co-occurring disorders. 3. Demonstrate the ability to accurately assess substance abuse clients to the most appropriate ASAM level of care based on case presentations. Class Times: Friday & Saturday 9:00am 5:00pm Weekend II: February 20-21, 2015 Friday s Topic: Counseling Skills I: Theoretical Approaches to Evidence-Based and Best Practice Guidelines to Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies 1. Learn the addiction counselor competencies as defined by specific skills, knowledge and abilities such as reflective listening, probing, summarizations and attentive responses. 2. Understand specific counselor challenges of counter transference, client transference, and self-disclosure. 3. Practice and gain direct experience of useful counseling skills and abilities through group activities, role playing and observation. Saturday s Topic: Counseling Skills II: Addiction Counseling Direct Practices Competencies in Best Practices & Research-Based Treatment
4 1. Gain the historical background of the field of psychology and the relationship to the field of addiction treatment. 2. Learn the fundamental theories and clinical strategies of addiction counseling: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Existential Therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy. 3. Practice and gain direct experience of useful addiction counseling theories through group activities, role playing and observation. Weekend III: March 20-21, 2015 Friday s Topic: Counseling Skills III: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Group Therapy 1. Learn the stages of group counseling, group processes and group facilitator skills and responsibilities. 2. Understand group dynamics with challenging clients regarding silent, aggressive and monopolizing clients. 3. Practice and gain direct experience of useful counseling skills and abilities through group activities, role playing and observation. Saturday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescences & Family Counseling 1. Learn addiction counseling skills that assist addicted families in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications, examination of attitudes, family dynamics and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and decision making. 2. Understand the process the six stages of counseling, attending skills, communication skills and listening skills in individual and group counseling. 3. Gain the specialized knowledge and challenges of working with adolescents and the unique addiction treatment needs of these families.
5 Weekend I: April 17-18, 2015 Friday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Approaches in Substance Abuse Treatment in Screening, Intake & Orientation 1. Gain the understanding of the administrative intake and initial screening process that leads to the admission and orientation of treatment. 2. Learn the client and family orientation process through motivational interviewing techniques. 3. Identify the tasks of records keeping and charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan, writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other clientrelated data. Saturday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Principles in Conducting Biopsychosocial Assessments in Substance Abuse Treatment 2015 SPRING SEMESTER (45 Hours) 1. Develop an understanding and theoretical framework of the biopsychosocial model of assessment. 2. Gain the understanding of the administrative intake and initial screening process that leads to the admission and orientation of treatment. 3. Learn the counselor procedures that identify and evaluates an individual s strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs for the development of the treatment plan based on the biopsychosocial medical model
6 Weekend II: May 15-16, 2015 Friday & Saturday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment, Treatment Planning & Recovery Coaching Principles 1. Gain the knowledge of counselor activities which bring services, agencies, resources or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals. 2. Learn and practice treatment planning by identifying client problems, ranking problems needing resolution, establish agreed upon immediate and long term goals, deciding on a treatment process and the resources to be utilized between the counselor and the client. 3. Understand the counselor s role in professional consultation and referrals to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client while utilizing the support systems and community resources available. Weekend III: June 19-20, 2015 Friday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Trauma, Child Abuse and Neglect 1. Understand the relationship between addiction and past unresolved trauma while considering diagnostic strategies to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. 2. Review effective counseling theories that address common trauma disorders, child abuse and neglect issues in early and long term recovery. 3. Learn the concepts of the relationship between attachment disorders and addiction. Saturday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Clients With Co-Occurring Disorders 1. Learn the appropriate treatment interventions for crisis stabilization and relapse prevention strategies for co-occurring disordered clients.
7 2. Understand the purpose and strategies used with the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Revised V (DSM-V) and demonstrate the ability to conceptualize clinical symptoms as it relates to diagnostic criteria for mental health diagnosis. 3. Obtain knowledge of clinically effective and empirically based treatment approaches with clients who have co-occurring disorders SUMMER SEMESTER (45 Hours) Weekend I: July 17-18, 2015 Friday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Intervention Strategies: Recovery Crisis & Stabilization 1. Learn the techniques and strategies utilized immediately in crisis intervention management during a client s acute emotional and/or physical distress. 2. Gain knowledge of defining a crisis of a client that requires referral, assessment and consultation during a client crisis as well as post crisis monitoring. 3. Learn criteria for detoxification and acute withdrawal symptoms and relevant intervention strategies. Saturday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for High Risk Clients: HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis A-B-C & ARC 1. Understand the challenges and prevalence between HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases and the addiction population. 2. Learn the medical and biological aspects of HIV/AIDS/ARC and pharmacology treatments, testing and reduction strategies for high risk behaviors. 3. Gain understanding of the pharmacological treatments and possible interactions with drug and alcohol urine analysis screening in addiction treatment settings.
8 Weekend II: August 14-15, 2015 Friday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Approaches for Issues Domestic Violence & Georgia DUI Laws of the Mandated Client 1. Understand the progressive dynamics of domestic violence, anger management and substance abuse. 2. Gain an understanding of victims of domestic violence and how to assist clients in developing a safety plan. 3. Learn the judicial process, probation issues that Georgia DUI clients experience and the state legislative requirements for first time offender, multiple offend and habitual offender. Saturday s Topic: Building Cultural Competencies With Best Practices & Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment 1. Identify the historical aspects of needing cultural competence for alcohol and drug counselors to recognize and advocate for clients who are mentally and physically disabled, sexual minorities, women, various ethnic backgrounds, and the elderly. 2. Learn interventions and strategies with working within different cultures that build counselor/client rapport and improve client retention. Weekend III: September 18-19, 2015 Friday s Topic: Professional Legal Responsibilities & Code of Ethical Behavior Through Best Practices & Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment 1. Define competency issues as it is related to the addiction certification boards including the code of ethics.
9 2. Understand the ethical issues pertaining to ethical dilemmas verses ethical violations, ethical complaints, rules for confidentiality, issues of mandated reporting, exploiting clients and dual relationships. Saturday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Treating Resistant, Angry & Abusive Clients in the Criminal Justice System 1. Conceptualize the cultural underpinning of the mandated client, the criminal justice system and the resistance counselor s experience. 2. Learn the fundamental theory of criminal thinking and the strategies to engage and decompress angry and hostile clients. 3. Understand Effective Communication/Motivational Strategies in Assessing and Overcoming Resistance to Change FALL SEMESTER (45Hours) Weekend I: October 16-17, 2015 Friday s Topic: Neurobiology of the Addicted Brain & Best Practices and Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment With Pharmacotherapy Strategies. Trainer: Tom Harrison-Burke, BA, ICADC 1. Understand the components of the brain, central nervous system and neurotransmitters in the addicted brain. 2. Learn common pharmacology interventions and medication management issues with clients living with co-occurring disorders. 3. Learn the neurobiological fundamentals of addictions and chronic relapses. Saturday s Topic: Drugs of Abuse I: Best Practices & Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Prescription Medications & Hallucinogens Trainer: Tom Harrison-Burke, BA, ICADC
10 1. Define and understand the historical and medical aspects of hallucinogens, marijuana, sedative-hypnotics, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, narcotics, inhalants, designer drugs and the current trends in treatments. 2. Learn the DSM-V criteria for hallucinogens, psychedelics, marijuana, sedative-hypnotics, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, narcotics, inhalants, designer drug use disorder diagnosis. Weekend II: November 13-14, 2015 Friday s Topic: Drugs of Abuse II: Best Practices & Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Alcohol Trainer: Tom Harrison-Burke, BA, ICADC 1. Define and understand the historical and medical aspects of alcohol, and other depressants and the current trends in treatments. 2. Learn the DSM-V criteria for alcohol and other depressant use disorders diagnosis. Saturday s Topic: Drugs of Abuse III: Best Practices & Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Stimulants Trainer: Tom Harrison-Burke, BA, ICADC 1. Define and understand the historical and medical aspects of stimulants and current trends in treatments for amphetamines, cocaine and nicotine. 2. Learn the DSM-V criteria for stimulant use disorder diagnosis. Weekend III: December 11-12, 2015 Friday s Topic: History of Addiction Treatment & Best Practices & Evidence-Based Practices of Spirituality in the 12-Step Recovery Movement
11 1. Understand the origin and history of the field of addiction and the 12-step recovery movement, common recovery language and 12-step controversies within the counseling field. 2. Develop an understanding of the dynamics of the recovering verses non-recovering counselor both as a colleague as well as a supervisor. 3. Learn the new Recovery Coaching concepts recently introduce by Northeast's ATTC: Linking Addiction Treatment and Communities of Recovery. Saturday s Topic: Best Practices & Evidence-based Substance Abuse Treatment With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Techniques 1. Learn the fundamental theory and clinical practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within the field of addictions. 2. Participation in CBT skill building activities, role playing and strategic interventions. 3. Understand the general principles of Motivational Interviewing techniques and apply the Transtheoretical Model Stage of Change to case presentations and develop strategies for approaching ongoing treatment. The INSTITUTE S training location is conveniently located from anywhere in the metro Atlanta area. The facility is located off of I-285 & I-75. Training Location: Windy Hill North Building 2470 Windy Hill Road 3rd Floor Training Room Marietta, Georgia Mailing & Administrative Office Address: 6500 HWY 115 Suite B Cleveland, Georgia Website:www.icpdga.com 12/28/13
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