1. Understand a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance use.
2. Recognize the social, political, economic, and cultural context within which addiction and substance abuse exist, including risk and resiliency factors that characterize individuals and groups and their living environments.
3. Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the user and significant others.
4. Recognize the potential for substance use disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential for medical and psychological disorders to co-exist with addiction and substance abuse.

1. Describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems.
2. Recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process.
3. Understand the importance of research and outcome data and their application in clinical practice.
4. Understand the value of an interdisciplinary approach to addiction treatment.

1. Understand the established diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and describe treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care.
2. Describe a variety of helping strategies for reducing the negative effects of substance use, abuse, and dependence.
3. Tailor helping strategies and treatment modalities to the client’s stage of dependence, change, or recovery.
4. Provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.
5. Adapt practice to the range of treatment settings and modalities.
6. Be familiar with medical and pharmacological resources in the treatment of substance use disorders.
7. Understand the variety of insurance and health maintenance options available and the importance of helping clients access those benefits.
8. Recognize that crisis may indicate an underlying substance use disorder and may be a window of opportunity for change.
9. Understand the need for and the use of methods for measuring treatment outcome.

1. Understand diverse cultures and incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice.
2. Understand the importance of self-awareness in one’s personal, professional, and cultural life.
3. Understand the addiction professional’s obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
4. Understand the importance of ongoing supervision and continuing education in the delivery of client services.
5. Understand the obligation of the addiction professional to participate in prevention as well as treatment. 6. Understand and apply setting-specific policies and procedures for handling crisis or dangerous situations, including safety measures for clients and staff.