ADDICTION COUNSELOR COMPETENCIES Addiction Counseling Practice Domains

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1 2014 Georgia Certified Addiction Counselor 180-Hour Preparation Course COURSE DESCRIPTION: This education program is designed to provide the coursework necessary for those seeking the certification as an Addiction Counselor through either Georgia Addiction Counselors Association or Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. ADDICTION COUNSELOR COMPETENCIES Addiction Counseling Practice Domains GOAL: Define, review, and practice Addiction Counselor Competencies for effective substance abuse treatment, comprised of the 8 practice domains for substance abuse clinical services. Relapse Prevention; Recovery Promotion - January 17 & 18, Understand terms and phases related to preventing relapse and promoting recovery 2. Review and understand the Developmental Model of Recovery (DMR) 3. Using a case study, discuss strategies that can help clients cope with stuck points using RADAR or ESCAPE 15 P.A.W.S.: Addressing Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome- February 7, Understand the phases of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (P.A.W.S.) 2. Learn about the effect of PAWS as related to persons in early recovery 3. Practice strategies to help clients when they experience P.A.W. Evidence Based Treatment to Address a Co- Occurring Disorder February 8, Provide general overview of the specialization of Co- Occurring Disorders 2. Gain an understanding of successful COD treatment programming 3. Learn criteria for integrated programming Treatment Planning and Documentation March 7, To define, review the purpose and components necessary of, and formulate a comprehensive treatment plan 2. Learn how treatment plans support client retention and improved outcomes in treatment 3. To review accepted principles for documentation and client record management 4. Practice / Develop with a Treatment Plan using a case scenario

2 Successful Practices for Effective Service Coordination March 8, To understand the Core Competencies of Service Coordination 2. Understand the involvement of the Service Coordinator with the multidisciplinary treatment team 3. Explore values and biases that may enhance or inhibit the provision of effective Service Coordination services. 4. Practice / Develop a Service Plan to include problem, goals, objectives, and interventions Neurobiology of Substance Abuse. Drugs of Abuse April 4 & 5, Understand what science purports specifically about neurochemistry of substance abuse 2. Review and understand the effect of alcohol and various drugs on the brain and body Ethical Issues for the Substance Abuse Professional May 2, Define and understand accepted professional code of ethics of addiction counselors to maintain professional standards and safeguard clients 2. Learn about transference and counter- transference, and appropriate strategies to address it 3. Examine stressors that contribute to counselor burn- out 4. Build an action plan for positive self- care strategies Addressing Compassion Fatigue May 3, To understand the symptoms of compassion fatigue and interventions to be proactive for oneself 2. To learn about the difference between professional burnout and compassion fatigue 3. To develop a plan / resources necessary to maintain ethical balance 15 DIVERSE POPULATIONS and UNIQUE CONSIDERATIONS GOAL: Define, review and understand clinical issues in substance abuse treatment, including working with clients from diverse populations and with clients experiencing diverse situations. Addressing Anger and Resistance with the Mandated Client June 6, Understand criminal thinking of clients in CJ system 2. Learn of effective strategies to engage and motivate mandated client 3. Develop a treatment plan designed to address unique considerations for offenders

3 High Risk Behaviors: HIV/AIDS; Hepatitis, STDs. HIV and ICE June 7, Discuss the evolution of HIV and AIDS 2. Understand the impact of AOD use on individuals who are HIV positive or have AIDS 3. Discuss treatment concerns for the person with HIV/AIDS or at high risk for the disease 4. Meth 101 / ICE and discuss correlation and implication to HIV/AIDS 4.5 Crisis Intervention June 7, Understand risk factors and warning signs for crisis 2. Explore counseling techniques for those who express suicidal thoughts and behaviors 3. Learn effective strategies to help the person in crisis 3 Cultural Competencies: Counseling Persons from Diverse Backgrounds July 11, Understand unique goals for treatment and recovery when working with a diverse client population 2. Self- evaluate one s skills, values, and thoughts about working with clients of diverse background 3. Explore different interventions and treatment considerations within a cultural context Special Populations: Adolescents, Veterans, and Seniors July 12, Understand unique goals for treatment and recovery when working with a diverse client population 2. Self- evaluate one s skills, values, and thoughts about working with adolescents, veterans, and/or seniors 3. Explore different interventions and treatment considerations unique for adolescents, veterans, and seniors. FUNDAMENTALS OF ADDICTION COUNSELING GOAL: Review the historical influences, theoretical approaches, counselor competencies and treatment approaches necessary for effective addictions interventions Addiction Counselor Competencies August 1, To learn about addiction counselor competencies 2. To understand the addiction counselor certification process

4 Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling and the Certification Process August 2, To review the significant historical, social, cultural influences upon addiction counseling 2. To review and understand the elements of effective addiction treatment Addiction Counseling Skills and Practices September 5, Review specific skills, verbal and non- verbal communication 2. To learn about Counseling Practices 3. To practice Counseling Skills necessary for effective substance abuse treatment. Addiction Counseling Theories and Brief Interventions - September 6, To provide a general overview of the major theories commonly accepted for addiction counseling 2. To practice application of specific theoretical approaches and strategies Enhancing Client Potential: Motivational Interviewing - October 3, To provide a general overview Motivational Enhancement Theory and Transtheoretical Theory of Stages of Change 2. To understand basic principles of Motivational Interviewing 3. To understand application of MI strategies to addictions counseling Enhancing Client Readiness: Transtheoretical Stages of Change October 4, To define Stages of Change 2. Learn to assess readiness of change to enhance and promote behavior change 3. To practice MI strategies and techniques for enhancing client s motivation to change. Clinical Evaluation November 7, To define and understand screening and intake as it relates to Clinical Evaluation 2. To define and understand assessment as it relates to Clinical Evaluation 3. Develop a Clinical Evaluation format using universal assessment domains 4. Practice Clinical Evaluation skills through case study and small group interaction

5 ASAM: Matching Clinical Recommendations with Treatment November 8, To understand American Society of Addiction Medicine principles 2. Learn about the six ASAM dimensions 3. To practice using ASAM dimensions format as a basis for Clinical Evaluations 4. Using ASAM dimensions, determine levels of care appropriate for treatment placement Psycho- Ed 101 December 5, To review the relationship between counseling skills and the ability to facilitate client engagement in the treatment and recovery process 2. To learn about psycho- education, and relevance for engaging the therapeutic process for persons in Precontemplation/Contemplation 3. To practice using individual and group counseling scenarios necessary for effective substance abuse treatment. Counseling Skills: Experiential Therapy December 6, Understand Addiction Counselor knowledge, skills and qualities necessary for effective Group Counseling 2. To review the relationship between counseling skills and the ability to facilitate client engagement in the treatment and recovery process 3. To learn about Individual and Group counseling practices 4. To practice Individual and Group Counseling Skills necessary for effective substance abuse treatment. Continuing Education Mandatory : Ethics, Cultural Diversity; HIV/AIDS TOTAL

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