Do you want to become an addictions counselor? Many states have provisions so that people with Bachelor’s degrees or higher can become certified addictions counselors by completing a series of trainings, an internship period and passing an exam. AllCEUs provides the trainings to prepare you for your internship and exam. You can take these trainings either self-study, through the AllCEUs.com unlimited access membership, or, if you want more instructor interaction and scheduling, you can email us to be notified when we are going to begin the next live, interactive addiction counselor training program. Both the self-study and the interactive program contain the same courses; however, the interactive program requires you to complete and submit assignments and participate in a weekly webinar with your instructor. You can complete the internship hours at a clinic in your area, supervised by a certified or licensed person. Then all you have to do is take (and pass) the exam required by your state.
We are currently taking reservations for the January 2014 class. This meets Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm EST. These courses are ideal for the person who desires some personal interaction with the instructor, needs assistance applying the information to real-life or prefers to have a bit more structure to their learning experience.
When: Beginning January 8, 2014 and meeting every Wednesday through June 25.
Cost: $25 per week or $600 if paid in full at the beginning (Note: The class needs 8 people to “make.” We are accepting reservations and will send out an invoice to students the week before the class starts.)
What will I Learn in the Addictions Counselor Certification Track
Below you will find the content breakdown of our primary certification track. The actual courses may have slightly different names, but they cover the below content and have been written to align with TAP 21: Counseling Competencies for Addictions Professionals. Each course contains a syllabus,a post-test, a set of text-based materials, a video review of the course material, forum discussion questions, online discussion groups on Saturday evenings from 6pm to 8pm EST and application assignments. Additionally, students have access to their instructor via phone and email during virtual office hours to seek consultation.
The general certification track provides 497 hours of training among each of the professional practice dimensions:
Clinical Evaluation – 20 hours in assessment; 15 hours in screening, 4 Hours in Patient Placement
Treatment Planning – 20 hours
Referral and Service Coordination – 20 hours
Counseling – 65 hours
Client, Family, and Community Education – 45 hours
Documentation – 15 hours
Professional and Ethical Responsibilities – 30 hours
Supervision – 15 hours
Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge – 100 hours
Application to Practice/Professional Readiness – 80 hours
HIV/AIDS – 10 hours
Domestic Violence – 5 hours
Most states require counselors to have a minimum of 270 hours in addictions and co-occurring disorder specific training, a course in ethics and a course in domestic violence. Our instructor-led track provides these as well as other courses our training team feel are necessary to prepare you to work in the field. Our standard addictions and co-occurring disorder counselor training tracks exceed the addictions counselor training requirement for the following states:
* Montana (specific requirements)
* New Hampshire (specific Requirements)
* New Mexico (Specific requirements
* North Carolina
* Puerto Rico
* Rhode Island
* South Carolina
* West Virginia
We strongly suggest you contact your board regarding current requirements. The following spreadsheet summarizes the requirements for addictions counselors by state.