Introduction to Alcohol & Other Drug Addictions

(2 Weeks full time or 6 weeks part-time)

Students will learn:

  • To identify and describe the signs, symptoms of addiction
  • Identify models of addiction including biological, psychological and social models
  • Identify and list requirements of the disease concept
  • Drug categories, and their effects
  • The approach of the 12-step programs

Counseling Theories

(2 Weeks full time or 6 weeks part-time)

Students will learn:

  • To identify and major counseling theories
  • To define and explain techniques and key concepts relevant to various theories
  • Compare, contrast, and integrate major approaches to treatment
  • Define techniques to assist clients in exploring the ramifications of their behavior/problems
  • The phases of relapse

Basic Counseling Skills

(2 Weeks full time or 6 weeks part-time)

Students will learn:

  • The application of Motivational Interviewing as the evidence-based counseling style for substance abuse counseling.
  • The basic techniques of substance abuse counseling of active listening, reflection, paraphrasing, and correct use of body language, and open and closed questions.
  • The basics of group dynamics, group processes.
  • How to deal with denial, resistance, defense mechanisms, and other specific group-related approaches.

Addicted Family Intervention

(2 Weeks full time or 6 weeks part-time)

Students will learn:

  • How addiction relates to family roles, family rules, and behavior patterns including co-dependency, adult children of alcoholics, and family interventions.
  • The relationship between family dynamics the family in chemical dependency counseling.
  • The impact of mood-altering substances and behaviors as they relate to the family.
  • Co-dependency, enabling, adult children of alcoholics, family-of-origin issues; guilt and shame in the recovery process.

Current Issues (Ethics)

(2 Weeks full time or 6 weeks part-time)

Students will learn:

  • The ethical standards related to the addiction counselor
  • To identify standards and issues specific to the addiction counselor and ethical behavior including healthy boundaries as an addiction counselor.
  • To identify HIV and other infectious diseases associated with the use of drugs and other addictive behaviors.
  • Appropriate treatment for special populations and difficulties faced in their recover process.
  • To develop and implement specialized treatment for special populations in treatment.

Assessment Skills of Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions

(2 Weeks full time or 6 weeks part-time)

Students will learn:

  • The 12 core functions of a counselor including screening, assessment, intake, treatment planning, documentation, and case management.
  • To identify and use assessment and screening tools.
  • To write treatment plans, understand documentation required for clients.

Addiction Counseling Practicum

(300 Hours – As Little as 8 Weeks)

Students are required to complete a 300-hour onsite and curriculum-based supervised instruction practicum. This workplace training helps students gain practical experience, enhance skills and integrate knowledge and attitudes in direct supervision will be provided by a clinical professional. Classroom education is included.

Students will learn:

  • To identify and perform all major functions of a substance abuse counselor.
  • Major approaches of treatment.
  • To explain, identify and define techniques used to assist clients in exploring the ramifications of behavior/problems.

Students who successfully complete the LCDC Training receive a transcript. Our courses can be used at certain colleges for college credit. Students can use the credits obtained with ACTS toward their associate’s or bachelor’s degree. These colleges include Springfield College in Houston, and Saint Edwards in Austin and other colleges that use “prior learning assessment”. Find more information about these colleges.

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