Live Webinar-Based Addiction Counselor Certification Training

We are launching a LIVE addiction counselor certification training course.  We will be starting at the beginning of TAP 21 and working our way through each of the addiction counseling competencies. This 18-month series has rolling enrollment which means that you can enroll at anytime and will attend for 18 months.  Classes you have already missed, you will pick up at the end of the series.  For example, if you sign up in October 2017 you will go until March of 2019.  If you sign up in January 2018, you will go until July 2019.

This 18-month track provides:

  • 4.5 hours of live, interactive webinars every week.  1.5 hours each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 1pm EST for 18 months.
    • Saturday make-up session each week beginning at 3pm EST/2pm CST for people who cannot attend the weekday webinars.
  • Learning materials use SAMHSA TIPS which are free texts
  • Chat with your instructors during business hours on their private chat pages
  • Review for the Certification Exam


What Will I Learn?

  • Clinical Evaluation: 35 hours
  • Treatment Planning: 30 hours
  • Counseling: 50 hours
  • Case Management and Referral: 10 hours
  • Client, Family and Community Education: 15 hours
  • Documentation: 15 hours
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 30 hours
  • Administrative Supervision: 15 hours
  • Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge: 80 hours
  • Application to Practice/Professional Readiness: 80 hours*
  • 4 hours of HIV/AIDS and 2 hours of Domestic Violence

Cost: $399  Buy Live Addiction Counselor Certification Training Now



Foundation Texts for Certification

These texts can be ordered or downloaded for FREE,  and form the foundation for the addiction counselor certification training. If you are ordering them, plan on it taking 6 weeks to receive your texts.

SAMHSA Publications

TAP Series

59. Improving Cultural Competence
57. Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services
56. Addressing the Specific Behavioral Health Needs of Men
55. Behavioral Health Services for People Who Are Homeless
54. Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders
53. Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders
52. Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor
51. Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women
50. Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment
49s. Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice: A Review of the Literature
49. Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice
48. Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery
47. Substance Abuse: Clinical Issues in Intensive Outpatient Treatment
46. Substance Abuse: Administrative Issues in Outpatient Treatment
45. Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment
44. Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System
43. Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs
42. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders
41. Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy
40. Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction
39. Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy
38. Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services
37. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with HIV/AIDS
36. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Child Abuse and Neglect Issues
35. Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment
34. Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse
33. Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders
32. Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders
30. Continuity of Offender Treatment for Substance Use Disorders from Institution to Community
29. Substance Use Disorder Treatment For People With Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
27. Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment
26. Substance Abuse Among Older Adults

NIDA and Other Texts

These texts are also freely available and will be used throughout the course.

Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief)

Published January 1997. Revised October 2003. Presents research-based drug abuse prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention.

Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations – A Research-Based Guide

Published September 2006. Revised April 2014. Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment that can inform drug treatment programs and services in the criminal justice setting.

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

Published October 1999. Revised December 2012. Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment for a variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs, that can inform drug treatment programs and services.

Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders: Clinical Series